May 30,2022

More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Kinzinger Knocks GOP Calls To ‘Harden’ Schools After Texas Shooting.  Ex-rebel, businessman to vie in Colombia presidential runoff.  AP News in Brief at 12:09 a.m. EDT.  Mitch McConnell Is Pulling His Favorite Move After Mass Shootings.  Parkland and Uvalde and Sandy Hook Elementary.  In Raffensperger call, Trump hoped to disqualify Biden votes..  Watch Me Club This Beast Into Submission Like It Was a Libtard.  Update on Bar Complaints.  Wyoming: previous guy is workshopping new material because it's easy to attack children.  SRSLY? Now Trump is Calling the January 6th Insurrection 'a Hoax...Just Like Russia Russia Russia'.  More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Kemp and Raffensperger: Since when is avoiding jail for election fraud a "moral" or "heroic" act?.  Nuts & Bolts—Inside a Democratic campaign: responsibilities and pitfalls of protecting your seat.  How To Save the Dems in the Midterm Elections.  Rep. Mo Brooks Says We Need Our Guns So We Can 'Take Back' The Nation.  Ex-rebel, businessman to vie in Colombia presidential runoff.  NRA remains defiant despite protests at convention.  Conspiracies pushing rural counties to ditch electronic voting machines.  LETTER: Hillary and the myth of Russian collusion.  Trump’s primary losses puncture his invincibility.  New bid to spin Hunter Biden’s laptop.  
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Kinzinger Knocks GOP Calls To ‘Harden’ Schools After Texas Shooting
       
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) on Sunday dismissed his fellow congressional Republicans’ talking points in the wake of the tragic elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas that left 19 students and two teachers dead. Instead of heeding to calls for firming up gun control laws in the wake of the massacre, prominent Republicans such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) have turned their focus to insisting that the prevention of future school shootings relies on “hardening” schools. Among their proposals to supposedly “harden” schools are single-door entryways with armed guards on campuses. Kinzinger took aim at GOP talking points in the wake of the shooting.
Ex-rebel, businessman to vie in Colombia presidential runoff
       
There has been a series of leftist political victories in Latin America as people seek change at a time of dissatisfaction with the economic situation. Mexico elected a leftist president in 2018. Petro has promised to make significant adjustments to the economy, including tax reform, and to change how Colombia fights drug cartels and other armed groups. This was the second presidential election held since the government signed in 2016 a peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC for its initials in Spanish. In a sign of the resistance to a leftist government, Gutierrez endorsed Hernández shortly after he failed to advance to the runoff.
AP News in Brief at 12:09 a.m. EDT
       
to review response to Texas school shootingUVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department said Sunday it will review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting, an unusual federal look back prompted by questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information from authorities that have enraged a community in shock and sorrow. In the east, Russian forces stormed Sievierodonetsk after trying unsuccessfully to encircle the strategic city, Ukrainian officials said. “Capturing Sievierodonetsk is a principal task for the occupation force,” Zelensky said, adding that the Russians don’t care about casualties. As China seeks big Pacific deal, many in Fiji see benefitsSUVA, Fiji (AP) — For Georgina Matilda, working for Chinese infrastructure company China Railway means that she can put food on the table for her children. Celtics reach NBA Finals, hold off Heat 100-96 in Game 7MIAMI (AP) — Not this time.
Mitch McConnell Is Pulling His Favorite Move After Mass Shootings
       
McConnell told CNN that he “encouraged” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) to engage with Democrats Sens. "I am hopeful that we could come up with a bipartisan solution," he said. In June 2016, after a man with a gun murdered 49 people at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando, McConnell told reporters “nobody wants terrorists to have firearms." “I am convinced that Mitch wants to do something,” Trump told reporters on Aug. 13, 2019. But those reforms were far from the sweeping changes that most advocates believe are necessary to actually reduce gun violence.
Parkland and Uvalde and Sandy Hook Elementary
       
The AR 15 was used at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida and at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas and at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Other nations also face mental health challenges and violent television programs and violent video games ... , but the United States alone has the massive amount of gun deaths every year. The problem in the United States primarily is the guns. There is a marked difference between when we had the assault weapons ban in place and when it expired. This sick treasonous fuck was once President of the United States.
In Raffensperger call, Trump hoped to disqualify Biden votes.
       
On January 2, 2021, former president Donald J. Trump had an hour-long phone call with Georgia secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger. Among numerous headline grabbing quotes from the former president is this well-known doozy:“All I want to do is this. In this instance, Trump wants to find 11,780 of BIDEN’s votes to disqualify. During the call, Trump alternately pressures Raffensperger to add to his vote total or lower Biden’s vote total. This distinction between adding votes and disqualifying votes needs more traction in national reporting.
Watch Me Club This Beast Into Submission Like It Was a Libtard
       
The red-faced, nearly teary-eyed Trump Jr. shouted that the shooter was a “sociopath” who could wreak the same havoc with nearly any other weapon. “ It’s the gun; it’s not the sociopath wielding it,” people are claiming, he complained. “He wouldn’t have done the exact same thing with a bat, or a bomb, or some sort of improvised device — or a machete?” he added. The real problem is that people are “screwed up,” and we have “crazy teachers” and “indoctrination programs” in our schools, he insisted. Did he also say, “Eric, you catch him and hold him, and I’ll club him?”www.huffpost.com/...
Update on Bar Complaints
       
However, some kind of deadline passed in March, and most of us who had filed complaints believed that something was afoot. I then searched to check the status of other bar complaints. Attorneys, State Bar Disciplinary officials, and academics in legal ethics. Which leads me to ask if a response to a bar complaint itself contains lies, does this constitute a new and additional charge? But—like with Giuliani—the bar disciplinary complaint itself is still pending.
Wyoming: previous guy is workshopping new material because it's easy to attack children
       
Trump tried out new material since it’s easy to punch downward. President Donald Trump had decided to focus his new rallies around attacking transgender children. By 2022, Politico explained that Trump's new campaign is going after minors. In a 90-minute rant in Casper, Wyoming on Saturday, Trump attacked Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who is one of the Republicans on the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Instead of discussing issues that those in Wyoming care about most, he took a different turn.
SRSLY? Now Trump is Calling the January 6th Insurrection 'a Hoax...Just Like Russia Russia Russia'
       
This one was in Wyoming where Trump is trying to oust Rep. Liz Cheney, a fellow Republican who he has declared insufficiently worshipful. In addition to his first impeachment, his second impeachment, his extortion of Ukrainian President Zelenskyy, the COVID-19 virus, the Mueller Report, climate change, the 2020 presidential election results, and his well-documented connections to Russia, Trump is now adding the January 6th insurrection. It’s another con job just like Russia Russia Russia. It’s another con job just like Russia Russia Russia pic.twitter.com/u8bJLBFXri — Acyn (@Acyn) May 28, 2022So now Trump wants his glassy-eyed disciples to believe that the riots on Capitol Hill that everyone saw on live television, never actually happened. RELATED: PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: The January 6th Insurrection Disinformation By Trump and Fox NewsTrump may have a difficult time selling this notion that the insurrection was hoax to the populace at large.
Kemp and Raffensperger: Since when is avoiding jail for election fraud a "moral" or "heroic" act?
       
One of them is the elevation to near heroic status of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for simply following the law in 2020. So I am more than tired of hearing about how they did the “moral” or “ethical” thing by refusing to commit election fraud at Donald Trump’s request in November 2020. Again a no-brainer, because actual prosecutions for the actions Trump asked them to take are currently being pursued on the state and federal level. I’m not a criminal lawyer, but I have the feeling “finding 11,780 votes” is a least as serious a crime as presenting alternate electors. Remember: Young people are the Sleeping Giant Waiting to Save Democracy in the United States, just waiting to be unleashed.
Nuts & Bolts—Inside a Democratic campaign: responsibilities and pitfalls of protecting your seat
       
Let’s start localLocal races, from city, county, district attorneys, and state house are the races most directly impacted by the retirement of a Democratic official. The district, representing southern Chicago, is a solid Democratic seat. If the district you are sitting in is so solidly Democratic, you generally don’t have to worry about recruiting. Your seat is solid Republican Are you a Democratic official who held a local office? Your seat is new Let’s say your state house or county district is now divided, and there is an entirely new district that exists.
How To Save the Dems in the Midterm Elections
       
Most likely, the Democratic leadership already knows this, via polling they've commissioned. It is at least a little mysterious why pollsters have done a poll on the effect of such announcements on the 2022 and 2024 elections. This is exactly the reason why now we are staring into potential clobbering of the Democrats by the Republicans and by the right-wing in the midterm elections." I think declarations Biden, Harris and even Pelosi will make a big difference, maybe even shifts of a point or two in key races in Florida, Arizona, Pennsylvania and elsewhere. The Centrist Democratic leadership has been the biggest problem the Democratic party has had, and of course Joe Biden is at the top.
Rep. Mo Brooks Says We Need Our Guns So We Can 'Take Back' The Nation
       
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala,) is absolutely opposed to any new restrictions on guns — even regarding military-style assault weapons — because we need them to “take back” our government, he explained on Fox News Sunday. Such action should only be undertaken in the event America becomes “dictatorial,” Brooks told host Sandra Smith. The lawmaker highlighted that slippery slope when he immediately went at it with Smith, and angrily defended his fantasy of a rigged election. Smith pointed out “on the record” that there is still “no evidence or proof provided” of a rigged election. That is absolutely false,” said Brooks, before Smith corrected him yet again.
Ex-rebel, businessman to vie in Colombia presidential runoff
       
Presidential candidate Gustavo Petro, with the Historical Pact coalition, gives a thumbs up to supporters on election night in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, May 29, 2022. Petro will advance to a runoff contest in June after none of the six candidates in Sunday's first round got half the vote. Chile, Peru and Honduras elected leftist presidents in 2021, and in Brazil, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is leading the polls for this year’s presidential election. The political parties allied to the government of (incumbent Ivan) Duque, his political project, has been defeated in Colombia,” Petro told his supporters as they celebrated at his campaign headquarters in Bogotá. This was the second presidential election held since the government signed in 2016 a peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC for its initials in Spanish.
NRA remains defiant despite protests at convention
       
He was among several high profile Republicans who decried demands for new gun control laws at the opening day of three-day event, calling instead for drastic changes in the country’s approach to mental health and for teachers to be trained to carry a gun on school grounds. "We, the NRA, will never ever stop fighting for the right of the innocent and the law-abiding to defend themselves against the evil, criminal element that plagues our society." Outside the convention centre, about 500 protesters held signs and photos of victims from Tuesday’s school shooting. The deadly event, coming 10 days after a shooting in Buffalo, New York killed 10 people, has renewed many people’s anger at the NRA, the nation's biggest gun lobby and a major donor to Congress members, mostly Republicans. But the NRA's decision to go ahead with its largest annual gathering despite the tragedies is part of a decades-long strategy of standing up to pressure for gun control, dating back to the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado in 1999.
Conspiracies pushing rural counties to ditch electronic voting machines
       
Push from election deniersIn an interview, Marchant, 65, said he doesn’t trust electronic voting machines based on his background — he previously owned technology companies — saying that gives him more insight into the voting machines than the clerks and their staff who work directly with the machines. The voting machines are not connected to the internet and do not use Wi-Fi, making it extremely unlikely that they could be hacked, Bryan said. Other problems with hand countingMerlino put together a summary of what hand counting paper ballots would look like in real time. There is also a looming paper shortage that could make the logistics of moving to paper ballots nearly impossible. Eliminating voting machines entirely could also violate requirements set by the Americans with Disabilities Act, leading to even more lawsuits.
LETTER: Hillary and the myth of Russian collusion
       
FILE - In this April 20, 2017 file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks in New York. Clinton said Tuesday, May 2, 2017, that she's taking responsibility for her 2016 election loss but believes misogyny, Russian interference and questionable decisions by the FBI also influenced the outcome. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File)Regarding your May 23 story, “Witness: Hillary Clinton OK’d leak to the media”:Many in the media are now strangely silent about a Clinton lawyer who withheld information which showed that President Donald Trump did not collude with the Russian government. I guess the media would rather attack Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Maybe that’s why so many Americans just don’t trust the media right now.
Trump’s primary losses puncture his invincibility
       
Donald Trump had cast this year’s primaries as a moment to measure his power, endorsing candidates by the dozen as he sought to maintain an imprint on his party unlike any other past president. But after the first phase of the primary season concluded Tuesday, a month in which one-quarter of America’s states cast their ballots, the verdict has been clear: Trump’s aura of untouchability in Republican politics has been punctured.
New bid to spin Hunter Biden’s laptop
       
Kevin Morris’ map of thoughts about Biden’s laptop that he has shared with confidants. A third laptop belonging to Hunter was stolen by Russian drug dealers in August 2018, during a bender in Las Vegas, according to Hunter, who recorded himself telling the tale in a video on the Mac Isaac laptop. In other words, these videos are unique to the Mac Isaac laptop, confirming that it is not a clone of the earlier Ablow laptop. The publication date of the column corroborates the time stamp of the video, created 23 days after Hunter left his second laptop with Ablow. He even flew to Serbia with a film crew in November and infiltrated the set of “My Son Hunter,” an upcoming movie about Hunter’s ­laptop.
After losses in Ga., Trump sets sights on ousting Liz Cheney in Wyo.
       
— Since her father’s first victory 44 years ago, Republican Rep. Liz Cheney and her family have never lost an election in Wyoming. When George W. Bush picked Dick Cheney as his running mate, the Republican ticket won by about 40 points, twice. AdvertisementThe Hageman campaign is helmed by a coterie of Trump allies, including Murtaugh, Bill Stepien, Nick Trainor and Justin Clark. And in the interview, Trump suggested in vain that Cheney might not file for reelection, even though she ultimately did. But in the Ford Wyoming Center, plenty of Wyoming Republicans disagreed.
Christian Nationalism On The Rise In Some GOP Campaigns
       
Carolyn Kaster via Associated PressBut scholars generally define Christian nationalism as going beyond policy debates and championing a fusion of American and Christian values, symbols and identity. Researchers say Christian nationalism is often also associated with mistrust of immigrants and Muslims. “There’s no room for compromise, so that is the threat to democracy.”In the book, Whitehead and co-author Samuel Perry measured rates of Christian nationalism by drawing on a 2017 Baylor University survey. Christian nationalism is emerging alongside and in some cases overlapping with other right-wing movements, such as the conspiratorial QAnon, white supremacy, and denialism over COVID-19 and the 2020 election. “I see Christian nationalism as the gasping, dying breath of the older generation in America that is afraid that Christians are going to be replaced,” she said.
Chicago man charged after allegedly setting homeless man on fire
       
A Chicago man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly setting a homeless man on fire on Wednesday. The homeless man, who is 75, was sleeping near the Trump Tower on early Wednesday morning when Joseph Guardia, 27, allegedly poured flammable liquid on him and ignited it, according to FOX 32 Chicago. The homeless man, Joseph Kromelis, is known as the "The Walking Man" and has been walking the streets of Chicago for years, according to the report. CHICAGO-AREA MAN ALLEGEDLY SLASHES ANOTHER MAN WITH MACHETE IN PARKING SPOT DISPUTEAfter the incident, Kromelis was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition with 65% of his body having burns. Ali Simmons, who works with the Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, told FOX 32 that the Chicago streets are not safe.
CNN's Jim Acosta Confronts NRA Board Member: 'Isn't This Blood On Your Hands?'
       
CNN’s Jim Acosta confronted a National Rifle Association board member over a spate of horrific recent mass shootings and the group’s resistance to allowing legislative change that could prevent them. ICYMI: I asked an NRA board member why an 18 year old should be allowed to have an AR-15. pic.twitter.com/0bMyi9KUsd — Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 29, 2022Acosta then pressed the NRA board member to explain why the organization decided not to cancel its annual convention in Houston, Texas, days after 19 children and two teachers were massacred by a gunman in Uvalde, just a few hours away. It came at the end of a lengthy speech that included a tribute to the dead children in Uvalde, whose names Trump mispronounced. Many hundreds of people gathered outside the Houston NRA convention over the weekend to protest and call for gun law reform.
Isaac Hayes's Family Furious Trump Used Song For His Jig At Controversial NRA Speech
       
The family of the late legendary musician Isaac Hayes has posted an angry tweet lashing former President Donald Trump’s use of one of Hayes’s songs at his controversial speech Friday at the National Rifle Association convention. “The estate and family of Isaac Hayes DID NOT approve and would NEVER approve the use of ‘Hold On I’m Coming’ ... by Donald Trump at this weekend’s NRA convention,” said the tweet. Our condolences go out to the victims and families of #Uvalde and mass shooting victims everywhere. Trump then mangled the pronunciation of a list of the victims’ names, which he read interspersed with cheesy funeral toll sounds. AdvertisementThe lyrics — including “Just hold on, I’m coming” — sounded suspiciously like a preening campaign song, shockingly inappropriate before the dead children of Uvalde had even been buried.
Isaac Hayes's Family Furious Trump Used Song For His Jig At Controversial NRA Speech
       
The family of the late legendary musician Isaac Hayes has posted an angry tweet lashing former President Donald Trump’s use of one of Hayes’s songs at his controversial speech Friday at the National Rifle Association convention. “The estate and family of Isaac Hayes DID NOT approve and would NEVER approve the use of ‘Hold On I’m Coming’ ... by Donald Trump at this weekend’s NRA convention,” said the tweet. Our condolences go out to the victims and families of #Uvalde and mass shooting victims everywhere. Trump then mangled the pronunciation of a list of the victims’ names, which he read interspersed with cheesy funeral toll sounds. The lyrics — including “Just hold on, I’m coming” — sounded suspiciously like a preening campaign song, shockingly inappropriate before the dead children of Uvalde had even been buried.
Trump Stages Rally in Wyoming in His Quest to Defeat Cheney
       
(Bloomberg) -- Former President Donald Trump ripped into Republican US Representative Liz Cheney at a rally in Wyoming Saturday, as part of his quest to defeat the incumbent who has emerged as his most vocal and active GOP critic. The rally was held in Casper, Wyoming, in support of Harriet Hageman, whom Trump has endorsed in the Aug. 16 GOP primary for the state’s lone congressional seat. Throughout his speech Trump repeatedly referred to Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, as a “Republican In Name Only,” or RINO. “We must not let that happen.”Cheney’s opposition to Trump led to her ouster last year from GOP House leadership. 3 GOP House leader, are scheduled to make video appearances at the rally.
Trump calls Capitol attack an ‘insurrection hoax’ as public hearings set to begin
       
As the House committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol by extremist supporters of Donald Trump prepares to start public hearings next week, the former president called the insurrection on January 6, 2021, a hoax. Trump spoke at a rally in Wyoming on Saturday night in support of the Republican primary challenger in the midterm elections to congresswoman Liz Cheney. Cheney sits on the committee and has been vilified by Trump since she voted in favor of his historic second impeachment over the insurrection. A bipartisan Senate report later linked seven deaths to the Capitol attack on January 6. Separately, the Department of Justice is also investigating events on and surrounding the Capitol attack, led by the US attorney general, Merrick Garland.
Celebrities flock to Saint Tropez for the wedding of the year as Ari Emanuel says 'I do'
       
The celebrations kicked off on Thursday as some big names in Hollywood arrived at Saint Tropez, and enjoyed a private dinner at the restaurant Senequier while dressed to the nines. They were previously spotted kissing on the balcony of their hotel in Saint Tropez wearing matching white outfits as they kicked off their wedding weekend on Thursday. The couple had reportedly planned to get married in Saint Tropez to coincide with the end of the glitzy Cannes Film Festival. Sarah Staudinger and Ari Emanuel were seen attending Apollo in the Hamptons in 2019. 'I went into the initial pitch meeting [for the show] and met Ari Emanuel, who said, "All right, it’s Mark and his life.
The Senate overwhelmingly approves $40 billion in aid to Ukraine, sending it to Biden.
       
The pinnacle of that effort came over the weekend, when Mr. McConnell traveled to Kyiv, Ukraine, Stockholm and Helsinki, Finland, in what he said was partly a bid to push back on former President Donald J. Trump’s hostility toward NATO and the aid legislation itself. When Mr. Trump announced his opposition to the $40 billion package, Mr. McConnell said, he worried that he “could lose a lot more than 11” Republican votes. The trip was designed “to convey to the Europeans that skepticism about NATO itself, expressed by the previous president, was not the view of Republicans in the Senate,” Mr. McConnell said in an interview. “And I also was trying to minimize the vote against the package in my own party.”“We have a sort of an isolationist wing,” he continued. “There’s no doubt $40 billion is a large number, and although much of that spending is important — in fact, some of it is acutely needed in the military conflict — I would have preferred a significantly smaller and more focused bill,” Mr. Cruz said.
GOP Rep. Rejects Gun Age Restrictions—Because He Took His Shotgun to School
       
“Would you support any changes, sir, to the current gun laws on the books?” Fox News anchor Sandra Smith asked. “Sir, the minimum age in your state to buy an AR-15, like the one the school shooter used in Uvalde, is 18 years old,” she noted. Gallup research does find that a majority of Americans—52 percent of them—are in favor of stricter gun laws when it comes to the sale of firearms. “There are many times when I went to school with a shotgun in my car. While former President Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-X) spoke, a number of other GOP politicians canceled their scheduled appearances.
Georgia voters have gone to the polls 50 times in the last 7 years, and they're caught between relishing and regretting their role as the newest battleground swing state
       
Since 2016, Georgians have had to weigh in on 50 elections, including 20 runoff elections, 16 special elections, 10 primary elections, and 4 general elections. "It's never gonna end," Augusta, Georgia, resident James Carroll, 30, said of the intense scrutiny Georgia has undergone the past few years. Alpharetta, Georgia resident Eamon Keegan, 36, said that, for better or for worse, his home has become a "perpetual swing state." "Campaigns are going to be a full-time thing now," Keegan, who told Insider he works as a political consultant, predicted. Yard signs for candidates running in Georgia's primary election on May 24, 2022, fill up a neighborhood park in Atlanta, Georgia.
At Houston NRA event, Trump decries Uvalde massacre, blasts calls for gun control as ‘repulsive’
       
Brett Coomer Attendees line up for an event during the 2022 Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center Friday, May 27, 2022 in Houston. Brett Coomer, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer Attendees arrive to the 2022 Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center Friday, May 27, 2022 in Houston. Brett Coomer, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer Attendees arrive to the 2022 Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center Friday, May 27, 2022 in Houston. Brett Coomer, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer Attendees arrive to the 2022 Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center Friday, May 27, 2022 in Houston. Brett Coomer, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer Attendees arrive to the 2022 Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center Friday, May 27, 2022 in Houston.
Days after the Uvalde shooting, the NRA convention went on as planned
       
Days after the Uvalde shooting, the NRA convention went on as plannedEnlarge this image toggle caption Toya Sarno Jordan for NPR Toya Sarno Jordan for NPRThe National Rifle Association's annual convention came to a close on Sunday, going on as planned in Houston some 300 miles from Uvalde and days after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers there. Enlarge this image toggle caption Toya Sarno Jordan for NPR Toya Sarno Jordan for NPRThe convention was the NRA's first in three years. Enlarge this image toggle caption Toya Sarno Jordan for NPR Toya Sarno Jordan for NPRThe conference drew fierce protests, with many hoisting signs. Enlarge this image toggle caption Toya Sarno Jordan for NPR Toya Sarno Jordan for NPRThe NRA issued a statement expressing "our deepest sympathies ... with the families and victims involved in this horrific and evil crime," referring to the shooting in Uvalde. Enlarge this image toggle caption Toya Sarno Jordan for NPR Toya Sarno Jordan for NPRDuring the conference, Trump pushed to strengthen security at American schools.
States Rush Toward New Gun Restrictions as Congress Remains Gridlocked
       
A vigil in solidarity with the people of Uvalde, Texas, held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown, Conn., May 26, 2022. “Anybody who shoots somebody else has a mental health challenge, period,” Abbott said a day after the Uvalde shooting. Do anything.”But as they publicly mourned the tragedy in Uvalde, Republican senators showed scant signs that they had budged. And in the Uvalde shooting, the school district had its own police force and school shooting plan, while the gunman was apparently never flagged for mental illness. Research shows that gun crimes in states with tough restrictions are often committed with firearms from more permissive states.
The Next Big Primary: Can Liz Cheney Beat Trump and the Wyoming GOP?
       
During the state GOP convention in May, most members of the Laramie County delegation were refused seats over a rules violation, the Star-Tribune and WyoFile reported, but the party refused to take similar action when rules violations from other counties were revealed. Cheney and Kinzinger are the only two Republicans on the January 6 House committee. Trump, who has prided himself on his kingmaking abilities, has endorsed a number of candidates who have lost, as the former president would say, very badly, in primary contests. Most recently, while Herschel Walker, whom Trump backed, won the GOP nomination for Senate in Georgia, Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Governor Brian Kemp both handily defeated their Trump-backed rivals. Kemp and Raffensperger are the only two other Republicans in elected office who engender nearly as much fury as Cheney does in Trump.
Ivanka Trump sunbathes while husband Jared Kushner plays with the kids in Miami
       
AdvertisementIvanka Trump was seen having fun in the sun with her husband Jared Kushner and their sons on the beach in Miami during the Memorial day weekend. Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner spent Memorial Day Weekend by the beach in Miami. He was mostly shirtless throughout the family's sunny beach day on Florida's shore. Ivanka Trump was a former Trump Organization executive before she left to serve in her father's presidential administration. Ivanka Trump left the company in 2017 to be an adviser in her father's presidential administration alongside husband Jared Kushner.
Trump's Primary Losses Puncture His Invincibility
       
Brian Kemp in the GOP gubernatorial primary, at a Bikers for Trump rally prior to Election Day, in Plainville, Ga., May 20, 2022. But there has been a less visible sign of slippage: Trump’s vaunted digital fundraising machine has begun to slow. Those close to Trump — and even Republicans who aren’t — caution against misreading the significance of primary losses in which he was not on the ballot. “The resounding message from the Republican voters in Georgia is: Quit talking about 2020,” Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican minority leader, told Politico. “And make the fall election about the future and about the Biden administration.”In interviews with Republican voters at Kemp events, few had become anti-Trump.
Iran shows off underground drone base, but not its location -state media
       
(Reuters) - The Iranian army has given some details - but not the exact location - of an underground base for its military drones, state media reported on Saturday, amid simmering tensions in the Gulf. State TV said 100 drones were being kept in the heart of the Zagros mountains, including Ababil-5, which it said were fitted with Qaem-9 missiles, an Iranian-made version of air-to-surface U.S. Hellfire. The Iranian state TV correspondent said he had made the 45-minute helicopter flight on Thursday from Kermanshah in western Iran to a secret underground drone site. TV footage showed rows of drones fitted with missiles in a tunnel, which it said was several hundred metres underground. The United States later confiscated the Iranian oil cargo held onboard and plans to send it to the United States on another vessel.
Garland warns of threats to US democracy in Harvard speech
       
Ian Fisher | BloombergAttorney General Merrick Garland warned of threats to U.S. democracy, citing violence including the 2021 riot at the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, rollbacks in voting rights and possible legislative efforts to overturn the outcome of elections. “A democracy cannot survive if its citizens forsake the rule of law in favor of violence or threats of violence,” Garland said in a commencement speech Sunday at Harvard University, his alma mater. The Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection while Congress was certifying Joe Biden’s election as president aimed at “interfering with a fundamental element of American democracy: the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the next,” he said. He pledged that the Department of Justice will “hold accountable everyone who was criminally responsible for the January 6 assault on our democracy. “Some have even suggested giving state legislatures the power to set aside the choice of the voters themselves.”“That is not the way a representative democracy is supposed to work,” he said.
First she documented the alt-right. Now she’s coming for crypto.
       
A 28-year-old software engineer who writes Wikipedia articles for fun, White is an odd figure to make the crypto industry cower. The bottom-right hand corner adds up the money lost in the scams and hacks she’s documented. Crypto forums on Reddit are awash in stories of people losing their life savings after investing in high-profile crypto coins and projects. Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, a special kind of crypto technology that connotes ownership of a digital image, video or song, broadened the industry’s appeal by bringing in artists, marketers and musicians. “The crypto industry has benefited from the siloing of journalism,” McKenzie said.
Uvalde schools have a safety plan. The shooting showed its limits.
       
School security experts say it’s important to have multilayered approaches to preventing school shooting deaths because no single approach is foolproof. A school spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment on the school’s security plan. A man with an AR-15-style rifle shot through doors and unsuccessfully attempted to open several classroom doors. And in some schools, classroom doors don’t have locks, or need to be left open to cool down rooms that don’t have air conditioning. According to federal data, about 40 percent of schools did not have locks on classroom doors in the 2019-2020 school year.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asks graduates to hold on to hope
       
One by one, speakers took the stage at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Houston and denounced the massacre of 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school across the state. And one by one, they insisted that changing U.S. gun laws or further restricting access to firearms was not the answer. The gathering comes just three days after the shooting in Uvalde. Hundreds of protesters shouted their anger at the NRA outside the meeting. In remarks to the group, former President Donald Trump called for an overhaul of school security and the U.S. approach to mental health problems while dismissing calls to disarm gun owners.
Kinzinger does NOT rule out holding Kevin McCarthy in CONTEMPT for rejecting Capitol riot subpoena
       
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger on Sunday did not rule out the possibility of holding House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in contempt for his refusal to comply with the Democrat-led Capitol riot committee's subpoena. CNN State of the Union host Dana Bash asked Kinzinger on Sunday, 'Are you considering holding the sitting House minority leader in contempt of Congress?' Trust me, every day, we're talking about what to do when these members - if these members don't comply with the subpoena. 'I'm not going to be here next year in Congress, but I guarantee, if he is speaker, there's going to be people that are like, wait, you didn't even bother to comply with a subpoena,' Kinzinger said. In one of the tapes McCarthy can be heard saying Trump acknowledged having 'some responsibility' for the violence at the Capitol that day.
Uvalde Live Updates: Biden Mourns With Survivors During Texas Visit
       
Steve Reed, a Daniel Defense spokesman, said in a statement that the company was “deeply saddened” by the Texas shooting. Credit... Savannah Morning NewsHe has said that his gun company was born out of his poor golf game. Mr. Daniel joined the “Second Amendment Coalition,” a group of gun industry heavyweights who advised Mr. Trump on gun policy. “They’ve been a brand leader,” said Timothy Lytton, a law professor at Georgia State who studies the gun industry. Amid a national outcry after the shooting, Daniel Defense retreated from its usual provocative online presence.
O (You Aren’t Fleeing to) Canada
       
I’m going to study a move to Canada.”Again with the Canada. A nation a little larger, in area, than the United States with 1/9th the population. Second, if the point is we are trying to avoid letting the United States devolve into the white fantasyland of Republican dreams, well, some 80 percent of Canada is white. Anyone who says they’re going to Canada, especially now, deserves Canada. But remember another big problem with running to Canada is that is you end up in Canada, and trust me, as a person whose been there, that gets old fast.
Vladimir Putin ‘given three years to live’ and ‘is losing his eyesight due to illness’ spy claims
       
Reports continue to raise questions over Vladimir Putin’s health as the Ukraine war rages (AP)Russian president Vladimir Putin has been given just three years to live by doctors, it’s claimed. A growing number of unconfirmed reports alledge the 69-year-old president has cancer and that his health is deteriorating quickly. And now an FSB officer has claimed Putin “has no more than two to three years to stay alive”, adding the Russian president has “a severe form of rapidly progressing cancer”. Messages said to be from the unidentified Russian spy to FSB defector Boris Karpichkov also say Putin is losing his sight and suffering from headaches. “He’s constantly accompanied around the place by a team of doctors.”And earlier this month an oligarch with close ties to Mr Putin was reportedly recorded saying he is “very ill with blood cancer”.
Opinion | The C.E.O. of Condé Nast: ‘This Is No Longer a Magazine Company’
       
The diversity and inclusivity council, one of their first recommendations — I was very pleased to see because I had done this at prior companies I run — was to start publishing our stats, which I really, really believe in. And we’ve made really, really good progress on that. So we’re not in a position where we feel like we have to strong arm these issues because we created a center of excellence that’s really, really good. roger lynchI wouldn’t say that because we have brands that these platforms really, really want. kara swisherIt’s a bit screwed up how much money platforms make from your content, right, and now they’re competitors making content, right?
Biden missing in action as Iranians protest regime and declare 'America is not the enemy'
       
Police fired tear gas into the air to disperse the angry crowd of hundreds near the building site, online video analyzed Saturday shows. Videos shared online showed a massive crowd near the Metropol Building on Friday night, with lights shining on its facade. In a second video, demonstrators at street level are seen chanting: "Our enemy is here; they lie that it is America!" The United States government—both under Democratic and Republican administrations—has recognized Iran’s regime as the world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism. Iranians in Khuzestan, Esfahan and Tehran reported significant, serious disruptions to internet access, including blockages when trying to upload images of protests to social media.
Opinion: The bad news about the economy
       
We can expect a slowing US and world economy however as the Federal Reserve raises interest rates in order to reduce the inflation rate and as other disruptions hit the world economy. The Federal Reserve issued more dollars between December 2019 and December 2022 ($3 trillion) than in the preceding 23 years. The monetary base (currency plus bank reserves) soared as the Federal Reserve bought up vast quantities of Treasury bills and bonds used to finance Covid-19-related budget deficits. Because of the huge increase in the money supply in recent years, the Federal Reserve does not have any sure fix on stopping the inflation. Yes, we need sizable government investments and social services in order to transform our economy to be more fair, productive, and environmentally sustainable.
Opinion: Take it from an adoptee — choice is what matters
       
Sometimes, even those who are abortion rights proponents ask my views on abortion, apparently supposing that they already know the answer. The questioners always seem to think that asking about my birth mother's choice to carry me to term is a softball question with one obvious answer. The reality is this: My birth mother's choice to put me up for adoption can only be meaningful if she had a choice between adoption and abortion in the first place. Abortion rights activists participate in a Bans Off Our Bodies rally on May 14, 2022 in Washington, DC. Take it from an adoptee: The choice is what matters.
GOP Congressman Claims He'll Back Assault Weapons Ban After Mass Shootings
       
A GOP congressman in the Buffalo area has said he’d back an assault weapons ban just two years after receiving a National Rifle Association endorsement. A majority of Americans favor an assault weapons ban, with 67% of people surveyed in a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll saying they’d support one. A raise on the minimum age for firearms purchases was also supported by 72% of those surveyed in a Reuters/Ipsos poll. “If an assault weapons ban bill came to the floor that would ban something like an AR-15, I would vote for it,” Jacobs said. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/9uMFYsb1jZ — Ashley Rowe (@AshleyroweWKBW) May 27, 2022Congressman Jacobs also supports raising the minimum age to purchase a firearm to 21.
NRA Boss: We’re the Real Victims Here
       
But to hear National Rifle Association honcho Wayne LaPierre tell it, the real victim here is the NRA. But if Friday’s events were staged for a nation-wide audience, Saturday’s meeting was dedicated to the internal politics of the NRA. The event — which gives NRA members the rare chance to introduce and vote on resolutions demanding changes in how the gun lobby is governed — did not pack in the crowds. Yet another sought to place salary and travel expenditure limits on NRA executives like LaPierre. But one-by-one these resolutions were shot down by NRA president Charles Cotton, who presided over the forum.
The increase in US births in 2021, explained
       
Despite the 2021 bump, there were fewer babies born last year than in 2019 before the pandemic. Older and fewerEven with the overall increase in 2021, one group of potential mothers in the US experienced an all-time low in birth rates: teenagers. The provisional birth rate for females aged 15 to 19 was 14.4 births per 1,000 women, down 6 percent from 2020 and the lowest level on record. At the same time, the birth rate for women ages 35-39 and 40-44 rose 5 percent and 3 percent in 2021, respectively. The 2021 uptick in births doesn’t look like much of a baby bump against what used to be the norm in the country’s not-too-distant past.
Biden's muscular China policy improves on his predecessors - The Washington Post
       
The result has been a sea change in China policy, as he and Secretary of State Antony Blinken made clear during the president’s trip to Asia. Blinken later recited the traditional formula on U.S. policy toward Taiwan: “The United States remains committed to our one-China policy,” he said. It also elevated the “Quad” — an informal group of nations that includes Australia, India, Japan and the United States — and enhanced the ASEAN alliance. Beyond national security, the administration has maximized the United States’ leverage by acting in concert with allies on climate change and trade. The administration seems determined to pursue a policy that is more robust, realistic and diplomatically adept than its predecessors.
Rep. Donalds on inflation: Biden is 'selling us out to the Chinese
       
Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., argued on Sunday that President Biden’s economic plans are "disastrous" for America and "empower China." Speaking during an exclusive interview on "Sunday Morning Futures," Donalds argued that Biden is "selling us out to the Chinese." The Florida congressman made the arguments as inflation sits near 40-year highs and as gas prices hit a fresh record on Sunday. Donalds argued that one reason food prices have been soaring is ‘because fertilizer is a derivative of oil production." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"It is going to hurt us on the world stage, not help us," Donalds argued.
Wyoming GOP chair, who was on restricted Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, speaks at Trump rally
       
WASHINGTON — The head of the Wyoming Republican Party, who was on restricted Capitol grounds during the U.S. Capitol riot, delivered a speech at the former president's rally on Saturday. Eathorne had pushed for Cheney to be censured after she voted to impeach Trump in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack. NBC News has reached out to the Wyoming Republican Party for comment. Thousands of Trump supporters, like Eathorne, entered the restricted grounds of the Capitol on Jan. 6, but only a handful of defendants have been charged with misdemeanor offenses for their presence. Eathrone had a "short, questionable career as a Worland police officer" and "served as a parole officer in south Texas" before becoming the head of the Wyoming Republican party, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.
Trump was 'stunned' by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's Republican primary victory: report
       
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks with supporters during an election night party in Peachtree Corners, Ga., on May 24, 2022. AP Photo/Ben GrayTrump was "stunned" by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's GOP primary win, per the AJC. Trump for nearly two years has criticized Raffensperger's handling of the 2020 election results. Former President Donald Trump was "stunned" by Brad Raffensperger's victory in the Georgia secretary of state Republican primary over his hand-picked candidate, conservative Rep. Jody Hice, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. And as the Raffensperger win and Kemp's landslide gubernatorial primary victory over Trump-backed former Sen. David Perdue demonstrate, the former president's influence still has its limits.
Mo Brooks unloads after Fox News host says there’s no evidence of 2020 election fraud
       
Republican Congressman Mo Brooks was sent into a conniption by a Fox News host who insisted accurately that there was no evidence the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump. Mr Brooks replied that between last September and the unendorsement, he and Mr Trump had many conversations that revolved around the idea that the ex-president could be reinstated in office and the 2020 election rescinded. “And I can understand him wanting to do that, OK?” Mr Brooks said. The film has been promoted by Mr Trump himself and various others, buthasalsobeenroundlydebunked. “There are some people who are despondent about the voter fraud and election theft in 2020,” he said at the event last year.
NBC analyst: 'Shame on Democrats' if they're not talking about saving children ahead of midterms
       
NBC analyst Cornel Belcher said Sunday that Democrats have "an opportunity to change the dynamic" in the November elections if they're talking about saving children's lives ahead of the midterms. Belcher, a Democratic pollster, said that Democrats are "supposed to lose everything" in the midterm elections, as history says. TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING: LIVE UPDATESHe added that Democrats should also discuss abortion rights ahead of the elections. Democrats have called for stricter gun control legislation in the days following the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead. DNC deputy communications director Daniel Wessel told Fox News Digital that Republicans chose the gun lobby over the country's children.
Adam Kinzinger Calls Gun Age Limits 'A No-Brainer,' Considers Assault Weapon Ban
       
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger tells @jonkarl that raising minimum age for gun purchases to 21 “is a no brainer" to him. “We just raised without really so much as a blink the age of purchasing cigarettes federally to 21. Kathy Hochul (D) last week proposed a similar age restriction for her own state in the wake of the Buffalo shooting. Such a proposal is easier said than done, however, with federal courts in recent years ruling that such age limits are unconstitutional. “As the age-old saying goes, the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” Trump said.
Family of soul musician Isaac Hayes calls out Trump for using song during NRA speech
       
The family of Isaac Hayes has rebuked Donald Trump for walking off and dancing to the late soul musician’s song after delivering a controversial speech at the National Rifle Association convention this weekend. Though made popular by the American R&B duo Sam and Dave, the song itself was written by the song writing team of Hayes and his colleague David Porter. “The estate and family of Isaac Hayes DID NOT approve and would NEVER approve the use of “Hold on I’m coming’” by Sam and Dave by Donald Trump at this weekends @NRA convention,” the family posted on Twitter through the deceased songwriter’s blue-check verified account. Williams is not alone in trying to dissuade the former president from using their music for political purposes, specifically at his infamous rallies. “I’m sure all the folks planning to attend this event are shocked and sickened by these events as well,” the 76-year-old musician told TMZ.
Biden arrives in Uvalde after worst US school shooting in a decade
       
US President Joe Biden pays respect at a makeshift memorial outside of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 29, 2022President Joe Biden landed in the Texas town of Uvalde on Sunday to comfort families ripped apart by the worst U.S. school shooting in a decade as the public demands answers about why local police failed to act swiftly. Official accounts of how police responded to the shooting have flip-flopped wildly, with calls mounting for an independent probe. Biden, a Democrat, has repeatedly called for major changes to America's gun laws but has been powerless to stop mass shootings or convince Republicans that stricter controls could stem the carnage. The Uvalde shooting has once again put gun control at the top of the nation's agenda, months ahead of the November midterm elections, with supporters of stronger gun laws arguing that the latest bloodshed represents a tipping point. Ramos, a high school dropout, had no criminal record and no history of mental illness but did post threatening messages on social media ahead of the shooting.
Lukewarm take on guns, because I hate hot takes
       
When people lack confidence in the police, they are that much more likely to acquire guns if they don’t feel safe in their neighborhood. The Founding Fathers felt that guns were necessary, but they didn’t mean for everyone to have a gun. If we make proposals that gun owners consider reasonable, like red flag laws or raising the age limit on rifle purchases, then we can get moderate gun owners to break off from the MAGAhadeen. Just about every honest gun owner can tell you that there are certain people who just shouldn’t have guns. I think that there should be a buddy system set up for gun owners and prospective gun buyers.
North Carolina Open Thread: NC politicians' Uvalde response, Coping resources, Barber vs $Gen, more
       
https://t.co/MrZv8ZCZd7 #ncga #ncpol #wral @markrobinsonNCRALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Lt. Gov. He was among a lineup of high-profile Republican speakers including former President Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. BlueNC, 5/26/2022They didn’t die because the school has too many doors (As Texas Senator Ted Cruz has claimed). The original assault weapons ban passed in 1994 after three mass shooting events occurred within six years. On Wednesday, labor advocacy groups, community leaders and Dollar General employees from several states—including North Carolina, Louisiana and Mississippi— met to protest the poor conditions many employees say they face while receiving less than livable wages.
Humor (with a "Who Lost the Week?" poll)
       
Have a fabulous long holiday weekend .... and week ahead. A NOTE about TODAY’s POLL — regular readers are aware that my poll contestants are either (a) bad/hypocritical folks getting their comeuppance, or (b) otherwise good people who massively screwed-up. Listing the children victimized in Texas (alongside Josh Duggar and The Southern Baptists) is the subject for someone else’s poll, just not here. 1974)...... and finally, for a song of the week ...........................… one song from my misspent youth that I paid little attention to was Cherish — performed by The Association. Here is the original version … as well as the best cover version I could find: by the Four Tops.
Pillow Man now thinks the Georgia GOP primaries were rigged, because the results were bad for Trump
       
It was stoled [sic]. It was stoled [sic]. The algorithm went through Georgia in I don’t know how many counties out of 159, I think it’s like 100 and some. Maybe one day he’ll kick this new addiction and go back to, I don’t know, selling pillows? Check out Aldous J. Pennyfarthing’s four-volume Trump-trashing compendium, including the finale, Goodbye, Asshat: 101 Farewell Letters to Donald Trump, at this link.
The Right To Write About Melania
       
One of many pictures of Melania cozying up to Pence2) Political figures have power over citizens, which gives citizens the right to know who they are. Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post reporter Mary Jordan wrote a biography (The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump) and she says Trump sent Melania to interview VP candidates and she favored Pence who was last on Trump’s list, and Trump eventually chose Pence. Melania steers Trump to make political decisions that she wants, even when Trump doesn’t want to. Therefore, Melania doesn’t deserve special treatment. Everything I write about Melania is for the public good, and whether readers agree with me or not, that is my goal.
The Texas School Massacre Means Nothing to the Gun Lobby
       
The calls for action are backed up by polls that show again that a majority of Americans back comprehensive gun control legislation. In fact, in the last couple of years polls show that support for tougher gun laws have dropped. There hasn't been much movement in the states either to get tougher gun control laws. In his address following the Texas massacre, Biden demanded "When in God's name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby"? Sadly, even the monstrous Texas massacre won't make Congress grow the legs to do that.
First she documented the alt-right. Now she’s coming for crypto.
       
AdvertisementA 28-year-old software engineer who writes Wikipedia articles for fun, White is an odd figure to make the crypto industry cower. Crypto forums on Reddit are awash in stories of people losing their life savings after investing in high-profile crypto coins and projects. Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, a special kind of crypto technology that connotes ownership of a digital image, video or song, broadened the industry’s appeal by bringing in artists, marketers and musicians. “The crypto industry has benefited from the siloing of journalism,” McKenzie said. “Some people get a lot of joy in seeing average people who’ve bought in to crypto losing money,” she said.
North Carolina Republican: NRA has been pushed to the right
       
The National Rifle Association’s position on gun laws has become more conservative due to pressure from grassroots gun rights organizations, Republican former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Sunday. Asked by host Chuck Todd of NBC’s “Meet the Press” to respond to a 1999 clip of NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre arguing in favor of mandatory background checks for purchases at gun shows, McCrory argued that the NRA was a more moderate organization under pressure to go further to the right of its executives’ positions. “They’re being pushed, politically, more to the right on this political issue, as President [Donald] Trump was during his term, where he was going to institute some policies. And then, he was pushed to reverse that decision,” McCrory said.
Biden grieves with Texas town after latest U.S. school shooting
       
By Jarrett Renshaw and Gabriella BorterUVALDE, Texas (Reuters) -President Joe Biden landed in the Texas town of Uvalde on Sunday to comfort families ripped apart by the worst U.S. school shooting in a decade as the public demands answers about why local police failed to act swiftly. Biden, a Democrat, has repeatedly called for major changes to America's gun laws but has been powerless to stop mass shootings or convince Republicans that stricter controls could stem the carnage. The Uvalde shooting has once again put gun control at the top of the nation's agenda, months ahead of the November midterm elections, with supporters of stronger gun laws arguing that the latest bloodshed represents a tipping point. Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, denied that newly enacted Texas gun laws, including a controversial measure removing licensing requirements for carrying a concealed weapon, were relevant to Tuesday's bloodshed and instead also pointed to mental illness. (Reporting by Jarrett Renshaw, Gabriella Borter and Brad Brooks in Uvalde, Texas; additional reporting by Heather Timmons in Washington; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Kieran Murray and Lisa Shumaker)
Christian nationalism on the rise in some GOP campaigns
       
Video: Religious extremists mix Trump worship with Christian nationalismBut scholars generally define Christian nationalism as going beyond policy debates and championing a fusion of American and Christian values, symbols and identity. Researchers say Christian nationalism is often also associated with mistrust of immigrants and Muslims. “There’s no room for compromise, so that is the threat to democracy.”In the book, Whitehead and co-author Samuel Perry measured rates of Christian nationalism by drawing on a 2017 Baylor University survey. Christian nationalism is emerging alongside and in some cases overlapping with other right-wing movements, such as the conspiratorial QAnon, white supremacy, and denialism over COVID-19 and the 2020 election. “I see Christian nationalism as the gasping, dying breath of the older generation in America that is afraid that Christians are going to be replaced,” she said.
Debate Over Guns Unfolds in Uvalde, a Rural Texas Town in Grief
       
Victor M. Cabrales holds a portrait of his granddaughter, Eliahana Torres, one of the children slain in the mass shooting, in Uvalde, Texas, May 27, 2022. (Meridith Kohut/The New York Times)UVALDE, Texas — Living in a rural Texas town renowned for white-tailed deer hunting, where rifles are a regular prize at school raffles, Desirae Garza never thought much about gun laws. An anguished soul-searching over Texas’ gun culture and permissive gun laws is unfolding across the latest community to be shattered by a shooter’s rampage. In a February poll by the University of Texas/Texas Politics Project, 43% of Texans said they supported stricter gun laws, while just 16% wanted looser rules. We should do stronger background checks.” There is room, he said, “for some compromises” on gun laws.
How ‘alternative facts’ threaten US democracy
       
We don’t trust unions. We don’t trust newspapers. You name it, we don’t trust it,” he says. “Trump tells people: ‘Don’t trust institutions of higher learning, don’t trust universities, don’t trust professors, don’t trust scientists,’” says civic studies professor Schaffner. Social media and an alternative realityIncreasingly, social media provides a vehicle for them to create those alternative realities.
POLITICO Playbook: Trump’s new obsession
       
POLITICO Playbook: Trump’s new obsession Presented byWith help from Garrett RossOn Saturday, former President Donald Trump meandered into issues far afield from the Wyoming race. It was ostensibly a speech in support of HARRIET HAGEMAN, his hand-picked candidate to take out Rep. LIZ CHENEY (R-Wyo.) Numerous non-Wyoming MAGA celebrities, such as Rep. LAUREN BOEBERT (R-Colo.), who appeared before Trump, repeatedly pronounced Hageman’s name incorrectly. Most recently, this trend was on display in DOUG MASTRIANO’s victory in the Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial primary (though he rejects the label). Playbook couldn’t happen without our editor Mike Zapler, deputy editor Zack Stanton and producers Setota Hailemariam and Bethany Irvine.
Christian nationalism on the rise in some GOP campaigns
       
AdvertisementBut scholars generally define Christian nationalism as going beyond policy debates and championing a fusion of American and Christian values, symbols and identity. Researchers say Christian nationalism is often also associated with mistrust of immigrants and Muslims. Christian nationalism is emerging alongside and in some cases overlapping with other right-wing movements, such as the conspiratorial QAnon, white supremacy and denialism over COVID-19 and the 2020 election. But “the hair on my neck goes up” when he hears the term “Christian nationalism,” he said. “I see Christian nationalism as the gasping, dying breath of the older generation in America that is afraid that Christians are going to be replaced,” she said.
States rush toward new gun restrictions as Congress remains gridlocked
       
“Anybody who shoots somebody else has a mental health challenge, period,” Abbott said a day after the Uvalde shooting. But the state’s Republican officials seemed disinclined to tighten gun laws. And in the Uvalde shooting, the school district had its own police force and school shooting plan, while the gunman was apparently never flagged for mental illness. Even so, New York and other states pursuing strict gun laws are, in many ways, hampered by the lack of a coherent gun policy from Congress and the flow of illegal firearms from states with looser laws. Research shows that gun crimes in states with tough restrictions are often committed with firearms from more permissive states.
White Sox coach slams Giants for 'inappropriate' boycotting of national anthem after Texas shooting
       
Chicago White Sox boss Tony La Russa has slammed San Francisco Giants coach Gabe Kapler for saying his team will forgo the pregame national anthem in the wake of the recent mass shooting in Texas, calling the protest inappropriate. 'Where I disagree is the flag and the anthem are not appropriate places to try to voice your objections.' 'I don't plan on coming out for the anthem going forward until I feel better about the direction of our country,' Kapler said, wearing a t-shirt that read 'Strength Isn't Always Physical.' 'I’m often struck before our games by the lack of delivery of the promise of what our national anthem represents,' he wrote. I stood for the national anthem.
Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy says there's 'serious' talks with Republicans on gun reform after Uvalde
       
Democrats and Republicans in the Senate have begun 'serious' negotiations on finding a bipartisan solution to rising gun violence, Senator Chris Murphy confirmed on Sunday. It married together changes to Florida's gun laws with some significant investments in mental health and school security,' Murphy said. Murphy said the final piece of legislation 'in the end, could have a significant downward pressure on gun violence in this country.' Meanwhile President Joe Biden is in Uvalde, Texas on Sunday to meet with families of victims and survivors of Tuesday's shooting. Dr. Jill Biden will pay their respects at a makeshift memorial outside of Robb Elementary School, where the slaughter took place.
Christian nationalism on the rise in some GOP campaigns
       
But scholars generally define Christian nationalism as going beyond policy debates and championing a fusion of American and Christian values, symbols and identity. Researchers say Christian nationalism is often also associated with mistrust of immigrants and Muslims. “There’s no room for compromise, so that is the threat to democracy.”In the book, Whitehead and co-author Samuel Perry measured rates of Christian nationalism by drawing on a 2017 Baylor University survey. Christian nationalism is emerging alongside and in some cases overlapping with other right-wing movements, such as the conspiratorial QAnon, white supremacy, and denialism over COVID-19 and the 2020 election. “I see Christian nationalism as the gasping, dying breath of the older generation in America that is afraid that Christians are going to be replaced,” she said.
Texas gun store ads posted on Houston school near NRA event
       
Advertisements for a Texas firearms retailer were placed on a high school just blocks away from where the National Rifle Association is holding its annual meeting in Houston this weekend. Tellez posted a photo he took of the ad on Twitter Friday, writing: "I get that those are @HoustonTX utility boxes but get this nonsense off our block. The bright red ads were posted on city utility boxes on all four corners of the school as well as utility boxes across the street, he said. "I snapped that picture because it struck me as incredibly gross and insensitive for someone to post that there when you look just above and know you are posting it outside of a high school." Less than a mile away from the high school, the NRA is holding its convention just days after an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
‘He doesn't speak in beautiful syntax’: GOP bets the Senate that Walker is ready for prime time
       
“They [the Warnock campaign] are signaling what they think is their pathway to victory. Fans and supporters of Herschel Walker hold signs for him before he speaks at a rally on May 23, 2022 in Athens, Georgia. “I think a simple question for Herschel Walker is, what do you think the United States Senate does?” said former Navy SEAL officer Latham Saddler. “Every report and every scandal that emerges about Herschel Walker reinforces why he has absolutely no place in the U.S, Senate. “He doesn’t speak in beautiful syntax, by any means,” said Robinson, the GOP consultant.
Official: Girl told 911 ‘send the police now’ as cops waited during Uvalde school shooting
       
But another 47 minutes passed before the Border Patrol tactical team breached the door, McCraw said. Ramos killed 19 children and two teachers inside the room. Contrary to earlier statements by officials, a school district police officer was not at the school when Ramos arrived. When that officer did respond, he unknowingly drove past Ramos, who was crouched behind a car parked outside and firing at the building, McCraw said. Before she sent the 8-year-olds back, she studied the school building, figuring out which windows she would need to break to reach them.
Who is running for governor of Arizona? These are the major candidates in the race
       
Democratic candidates also are focusing on similar issues, including expanding education, affordable healthcare and economic development. Her campaign website lists her key issues, including vaccines and COVID-19 mandates. Neely promises on his campaign website to represent everyone and states he is running for governor "to promote greater prosperity for all working Arizona families." Paola Tulliani-ZenBusiness owner Paola Tulliani-Zen is running for Arizona governor, describing herself as "the people's choice." He wants to transform Arizona's education system, ensure affordable health care, promote economic development and address border issues, according to his campaign website.
Christian nationalism on the rise in some GOP campaigns
       
But scholars generally define Christian nationalism as going beyond policy debates and championing a fusion of American and Christian values, symbols and identity. Researchers say Christian nationalism is often also associated with mistrust of immigrants and Muslims. “There’s no room for compromise, so that is the threat to democracy.”In the book, Whitehead and co-author Samuel Perry measured rates of Christian nationalism by drawing on a 2017 Baylor University survey. Christian nationalism is emerging alongside and in some cases overlapping with other right-wing movements, such as the conspiratorial QAnon, white supremacy, and denialism over COVID-19 and the 2020 election. “I see Christian nationalism as the gasping, dying breath of the older generation in America that is afraid that Christians are going to be replaced,” she said.
Everything but gun control that conservatives have floated in response to school shootings
       
US President Joe Biden, who only a week before the deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School travelled to Buffalo, the site of another deadly mass shooting, to offer a sharp rebuke of his country’s gun control policies. Democratic lawmakers similarly made stirring pleas on the Senate floor, pleading for action on gun control. “What are we doing?” begged Senator Chris Murphy, whose home state, Connecticut, was the site of the Sandy Hook massacre, one of the deadliest school shootings in history. Lining up behind that one-door proposal was former US president Donald Trump, a politician who famously promoted the gun advocates’ solution of arming teachers following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018. Armed parent militiasPutting a spin on the old tried-and-true conservative classic of arming teachers, was Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s suggestion of instead creating a volunteer militia of parents and guardians.
Vladimir Putin ‘given three years to live by doctors’ and ‘is losing his eyesight due to illness’ spy claims
       
Russian president Vladimir Putin has been given just three years to live by doctors, it’s claimed. A growing number of unconfirmed reports alledge the 69-year-old president has cancer and that his health is deteriorating quickly. And now an FSB officer has claimed Putin “has no more than two to three years to stay alive”, adding the Russian president has “a severe form of rapidly progressing cancer”. Messages said to be from the unidentified Russian spy to FSB defector Boris Karpichkov also say Putin is losing his sight and suffering from headaches. “He’s constantly accompanied around the place by a team of doctors.”And earlier this month an oligarch with close ties to Mr Putin was reportedly recorded saying he is “very ill with blood cancer”.
Trump zeroes in on school security, mental health in campaign-style NRA speech
       
“Unlike some, I didn’t disappoint you by not showing up,” Trump said at the start of his remarks. "Teachers, parents, school officials, and community members need to be recognizing and addressing these alarm bells promptly and very, very aggressively," he continued. In calling for increased school security, Trump echoed other Republicans in suggesting schools must transition to having only a single point of entry, implement metal detectors and employ an armed security officer at all times. Trump also said teachers should be able to be armed on school property. "As the age old saying goes: The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," Trump said.
Trump loyalist who lost Georgia governor primary with just 3.4% of the vote is refusing to admit defeat
       
Kandiss Taylor received just 3.4% of the vote in the GOP's primary for Georgia governor. Despite her poor showing, Taylor is refusing to concede defeat and claims the election was rigged. More will be forthcoming," Taylor campaign spokesperson Christi Maude told The Daily Beast. Taylor received 41,027 votes. We run this state," Taylor said.
Texas gun store ads posted on Houston school near NRA event
       
Advertisements for a Texas firearms retailer were placed on a high school just blocks away from where the National Rifle Association is holding its annual meeting in Houston this weekend. Tellez posted a photo of the ad on Twitter Friday, writing: "I get that those are @HoustonTX utility boxes but get this nonsense off our block. In a later post, Tellez wrote: "It is is beyond frustrating we have gotten to the point that we have gotten to this point in education and society... School staff have since removed the ads, Tellez wrote. Less than a mile away from the high school, the NRA is holding its convention just days after an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Mitch McConnell Is Pulling His Favorite Move After Mass Shootings
       
McConnell told CNN that he “encouraged” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) to engage with Democrats Sens. "I am hopeful that we could come up with a bipartisan solution," he said. In June 2016, after a man with a gun murdered 49 people at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando, McConnell told reporters “nobody wants terrorists to have firearms." “I am convinced that Mitch wants to do something,” Trump told reporters on Aug. 13, 2019. McConnell also oversaw the passage of a STOP School Violence Act, which provided funding to help prepare and prevent school gun violence.
Biden's low ratings aren't helping Tony Evers. But the governor is holding his own, for now.
       
But the gap between Evers’ and Biden’s approval ratings is significantly bigger than the gap between Walker’s and Trump’s in 2018. In other words, Evers is running further ahead of Biden’s low ratings than Walker ran ahead of Trump’s. Combining the last three polls by the Marquette University Law School (October 2021, and February and April 2022), Evers has a net approval rating of plus 5. The governor’s net approval is 30 points higher than Biden’s among voters under 30 and 22 points higher among voters 30-39. Evers’ net approval is 22 points higher than Biden’s with Republicans, 23 points higher with self-described conservatives and 25 points higher with voters who have a positive view of Donald Trump.
Christian nationalism on the rise in some GOP campaigns
       
But scholars generally define Christian nationalism as going beyond policy debates and championing a fusion of American and Christian values, symbols and identity. Researchers say Christian nationalism is often also associated with mistrust of immigrants and Muslims. “There’s no room for compromise, so that is the threat to democracy.”In the book, Whitehead and co-author Samuel Perry measured rates of Christian nationalism by drawing on a 2017 Baylor University survey. Christian nationalism is emerging alongside and in some cases overlapping with other right-wing movements, such as the conspiratorial QAnon, white supremacy, and denialism over COVID-19 and the 2020 election. “I see Christian nationalism as the gasping, dying breath of the older generation in America that is afraid that Christians are going to be replaced,” she said.
Christian nationalism on the rise in some GOP campaigns
       
But scholars generally define Christian nationalism as going beyond policy debates and championing a fusion of American and Christian values, symbols and identity. Researchers say Christian nationalism is often also associated with mistrust of immigrants and Muslims. “There’s no room for compromise, so that is the threat to democracy.”In the book, Whitehead and co-author Samuel Perry measured rates of Christian nationalism by drawing on a 2017 Baylor University survey. Christian nationalism is emerging alongside and in some cases overlapping with other right-wing movements, such as the conspiratorial QAnon, white supremacy, and denialism over COVID-19 and the 2020 election. “I see Christian nationalism as the gasping, dying breath of the older generation in America that is afraid that Christians are going to be replaced,” she said.
2024 Watch: Trump takes a hit after Georgia defeats, but still the ‘800-pound gorilla’
       
Former President Donald Trump, at his rally this weekend in Wyoming, pushing back against those suggesting his political demise. KEMP'S LANDSLIDE PRIMARY VICTORY IN GEORGIA A SETBACK FOR TRUMPTrump spent the past year and a half crucifying Georgia Gov. And Trump backed GOP attorney general challenger John Gordon was demolished by incumbent Chris Carr. Trump stands head and shoulders ahead of the other potential 2024 GOP White House hopefuls in early public opinion polling. Looking ahead to 2024 and a potential Trump White House run, Erickson said the former president's serious setbacks in Georgia mean "that if he doesn’t have the clout now to do something like this, he’s not going to have the clout come 2024."
After another massacre, one gunmaker maintains a familiar silence
       
Georgia’s governor cut the yellow ribbon when a new Daniel Defense firearms factory opened in 2018. The Uvalde gunman bought a Smith & Wesson M&P15, an AR-15-style rifle, in the days before his rampage, along with the Daniel Defense rifle. He had signed a deal for Daniel Defense to be featured on the hood of a NASCAR racecar. Cindy Daniel, who also serves as an executive at Daniel Defense, says on her foundation’s website that she thinks “anti-gunners” are misinformed. Busse, who left the gun industry, recalled how gun company executives would react to a mass shooting.
At N.R.A. Gathering, Protesters and Gun Supporters Spar
       
© Annie Mulligan for The New York Times N.R.A. meeting attendees watched protesters outside the convention center on Friday. Outside, veteran and novice protesters waved handmade signs and photographs of children shot to death this week, in faint hope of changing minds. © Mark Abramson for The New York Times Attendees interacting at the exhibition hall during the N.R.A. © Mark Abramson for The New York Times Former President Donald J. Trump speaking to attendees at the N.R.A.
Kevin McCarthy booed during virtual appearance at Trump rally
       
House minority leader Kevin McCarthy was booed by supporters of Donald Trump when he appeared in pre-recorded video form at the ex-president’s rally in Wyoming. However, the crowd was less receptive when an announcer introduced video appearances by Mr McCarthy, along with third-ranking House Republican Elise Stefanik – and Congressman Jim Jordan, who received a hearty cheer. Like Mr McCarthy, Mr Jordan was recently subpoenaed by the 6 January select committee on which Ms Cheney serves, and to which Mr McCarthy originally nominated him last year. Mr Trump’s campaign against Ms Cheney effectively began when she voted to impeach him after the Capitol attack. Her rival, Ms Hageman, has by contrast benefited from the support of Mr Trump, Mr McCarthy and many other top Republicans.
Trump blasts Liz Cheney at rally in Wyoming for her primary opponent
       
Former president Donald Trump held a rally in Wyoming for a primary challenger to Representative Liz Cheney ahead of the state’s 16 August primary. “There is no RINO in America who has thrown in her lot with the radical left more than Liz Cheney,” Mr Trump told a crowd in Casper Saturday evening, also criticising Ms Cheney and her father’s hawkish foreign policy impulses. Mr Trump had previously endorsed Harriet Hageman, who spoke at the rally ahead of Mr Trump. Ms Hageman also criticised the 6 January select committee of which Ms Cheney is the vice chairwoman. Mr Trump also criticised the use of the word “insurrection.”“Now you look at the so called word insurrection.
Iran's energy export revenue up 60% in March-May versus a year ago
       
The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Vienna, Austria May 23, 2021. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File PhotoDUBAI, May 29 (Reuters) - Iran's energy export revenue is 60% higher in the first two months of the Iranian year (March 21 to May 21) compared to the same period a year ago, an official from the Iranian oil ministry told the ministry's SHANA news agency on Sunday. The official did not give a reason for the jump in revenue which comes as oil prices have nearly doubled from a year ago because of the war in Ukraine and the global post-pandemic economic recovery. The Iranian government says it continues to export oil despite U.S. sanctions re-imposed in 2018 after former U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from an agreement to restrain Iran's nuclear programme. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Dubai Newsroom Editing by Mark PotterOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Mitch McConnell Never Puts America First
       
At age 80, McConnell, dubbed “the old crow” by Donald Trump, is holding his own against the former president. “If Trump is the nominee, he will run on removing McConnell as leader, and that is a certainty,” says Kessler. [House Minority Leader] Kevin McCarthy came back aboard [after criticizing Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection] and Trump forgave him. There’s no going back for McConnell.”A new book, Betrayal: How Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans Abandoned America, describes key moments when McConnell put personal ambition and party over country to do the lasting damage that could yet be his undoing. But one thing’s for sure: When given the choice to do the right thing for the country or the advantageous thing for himself, the old crow puts America second.
Allegations of industry influence rock mine safety commission
       
The “Network” consisted of “at least 70 independent individuals, including a large contingent outside of FMSHRC,” Rajkovich wrote in the memo. He characterized the people as trusted individuals who were familiar with industry players and could provide impartial advice. Rajkovich also wrote that he had contacted members of the “Network” individually without letting them know of each other’s work. The personnel memo does not spell out whether Lovell was part of Rajkovich’s “Network.” Lovell declined to offer a comment for this story. Rajkovich’s use of personal contacts outside the commission to help make personnel decisions is troubling, said Tom Stock, a retired long-time commission staffer who once served as the agency’s general counsel.
What to look forward to: 5 Things summer preview
       
One of the things I like best about summer is the optimism, the weather, the gatherings, the cookouts, the sports. Here's a few of the things he's looking forward to this summer. And I'm really looking forward to that being back this summer as well. It is really, really good. So, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, is a really, really beautiful writer.
Trump slams Liz Cheney as a 'warmonger' who loves 'endless, nonsensical, bloody wars'
       
Former President Donald Trump called out GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, Wyo., for "loving endless, nonsensical, bloody wars" during his rally in Wyoming Saturday evening. Trump ripped Cheney and her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, as "warmongers" who pushed the U.S. into international bloodbaths. "That’s why Liz Cheney voted no on bringing our troops back home from Syria, where they didn’t even want to have us," he continued. "Cheney is at the front of the parade trying to get us to go into wars with Russia or anyone else that wants to bite," Trump said. Trump blasted Cheney at the rally for her stance on foreign policy, border security and election integrity, telling the crowd she is "America last."
States Rush Toward New Gun Restrictions as Congress Remains Gridlocked
       
The state actions come as hope for congressional consensus has waned to a flicker, not only on gun violence, but on an array of American social issues. Since 2019, federal legislation to expand criminal background checks for gun purchases has twice passed the House only to languish amid Senate Republican opposition. On Thursday, a small, bipartisan group of senators said they would work through the weekend in a search for common ground. Do anything.”But as they publicly mourned the tragedy in Uvalde, Republican senators showed scant signs that they had budged. Roughly three in five state legislatures are Republican-controlled, but calls for action on gun violence have run high in the aftermath of Uvalde’s devastation.
Biden to seek to console Texas town devastated by mass shooting, police controversy
       
REUTERS/Marco BelloWILMINGTON, Del., May 29 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden on Sunday will seek to comfort a Texas town ripped apart by the largest U.S. school shooting in a decade amid lingering questions about whether law enforcement's failure to act swiftly contributed to the death toll. The Texas visit will be his third presidential trip to a mass shooting site, including earlier this month when he visited Buffalo, New York, after a shooting that left 10 Black people at a supermarket dead. "Too much violence, too much fear, too much grief," Biden told graduates in a commencement speech Saturday at the University of Delaware. White House aides and close allies say Biden is unlikely to wade into specific policy proposals to avoid disrupting delicate gun control negotiations in the Senate. Republican Texas Governor Gregg Abbott denied that newly enacted Texas gun laws, including a controversial measure removing licensing requirements for carrying a concealed weapon, had "any relevancy" to Tuesday's bloodshed.
Trump loyalist who lost Georgia governor primary with just 3.4% of the vote is refusing to admit defeat
       
Kandiss Taylor, Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate participates in a republican primary debate on Sunday, May 1, 2022, in Atlanta. AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, PoolKandiss Taylor received just 3.4% of the vote in the GOP's primary for Georgia governor. Despite her poor showing, Taylor is refusing to concede defeat and claims the election was rigged. A candidate for the GOP nomination for governor of Georgia refused to concede defeat even though she received only 3.4% of the vote on Tuesday. "We have a national data team working on the 2022 primary election fraud.
Bridge: May 29, 2022
       
“When he plays in a team match, he is faced with seven opponents: four on the other team, his two teammates and his partner. Somebody always lets him down.”I showed our newcomer today’s deal, in which Cy had found himself as declarer at five hearts. Cy then took the jack and queen and conceded the fourth trump to East. “East cashed his king of spades,” I went on, “and led another spade at Trick Seven. On that trick, West was squeezed: He couldn’t keep both four diamonds and a guard to his queen of clubs, so Cy made his contract.”“He played it well,” said our new member.
MN tax breaks, who knows? But here comes the campaign rhetoric.
       
Minnesota politics now enters its next phase: the extended election season. Last week, lawmakers adjourned without finishing work that leaders of both parties had agreed to get done, including tax breaks and law enforcement investments. There’s more extra money pouring into state accounts — in excess of $9 billion — than the state has ever had before. Things looked up even further when key Democrats and Republicans reached a deal on the tax package. It included an end to the state income tax on Social Security payments that some Minnesotans currently pay.
As US mourns shootings, NRA in turmoil but influence remains
       
(Jae C. Hong / AP)But even as mass shootings continue unabated, in Washington one thing remains the same: Republicans and Democrats both agree there is little chance that legislation tightening gun laws will be passed by a narrowly divided Congress. But in 40 years of working to loosen gun laws, the NRA has largely set the cultural tone on the right and is still the most prominent. “The NRA is becoming really a shell of its former self,” said former NRA board member Rocky Marshall. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which represents gun sellers, spent over $4.8 million on lobbying last year, reaching parity with the NRA. AdvertisementFor gun owners who traveled from around the country for the convention, the NRA remains a lodestar.
Train to nowhere: can California’s high-speed rail project ever get back on track?
       
When completed, he promised, the high-speed line through the Central Valley would take 400,000 cars off the roads, clean up the air, and create new jobs. Many of the skeptics, including Friedman, are big-city Democrats, legislators one would usually expect to embrace public investment in high-speed rail. In this 2015 photo, a full-scale mock-up of the high-speed train at the Capitol in Sacramento. The rest will follow William C VantuonoThat’s still better than the rest of the country, where every last high-speed rail project proposed during the Obama era has been dropped, in large part because of furious resistance from Republican governors and legislators. When Newsom first announced he was paring back the California project, in 2019, it prompted the Trump administration to yank back nearly $1bn in federal funding.
Texas school shooting reveals Democrats' weakness in Congress
       
There is a mindset on display here that runs to the core of the Democratic Party. While some lefty voices influenced it here and there, most of it came straight out of the Democratic Party policy establishment, which also designed the other pandemic relief packages. Obama was so desperate to get a big bipartisan bill passed that he was willing to trade devastating cuts to Social Security and Medicare for tiny tax increases on the rich. Obamacare eventually passed with zero Republican votes. The country needs a big, strong Republican Party.” She said it again recently: “I want the Republican Party to take back the party to where you were when you cared about a woman's right to choose, you cared about the environment.… This country needs a strong Republican Party.
Gun in Texas Shooting Came From Company Known for Pushing Boundaries
       
He has said that his gun company was born out of his poor golf game. At the time, Mr. Daniel had trouble finding a way to mount a scope onto his rifle. In an interview with Forbes, Mr. Daniel said the shooting “drove a lot of sales.” (Forbes reported that Daniel Defense had sales of $73 million in 2016.) But Mr. Daniel turned the rejection into a rallying cry, and the conservative media lapped it up. Mr. Daniel joined the “Second Amendment Coalition,” a group of gun industry heavyweights who advised Mr. Trump on gun policy.
The NRA Country Concert Is Kaput
       
While there has been no official statement by the NRA, Bryant’s tweet and a dead link to the concert’s webpage point to no show. “Please join fellow Second Amendment patriots for the remainder of the this freedom-filled weekend.”The multi-artist country concert appeared to be in jeopardy on Thursday when Don “American Pie” McLean dropped out. Larry Gatlin, a conservative country singer who’s performed at past NRA conventions and Trump rallies, followed soon after. After being criticized on Twitter for his scheduled appearance at the NRA’s concert, Bryant tweeted that the show was off. Still, the NRA’s Convention carried on with speakers like the ignominious Texas senator Ted Cruz and twice-impeached former president Donald Trump.
The Donald and the Kremlin Don: how Trump’s toxic legacy helps Putin | Simon Tisdall
       
Even by Donald Trump’s chaotic standards, the “comprehensive peace agreement” for Afghanistan signed by the US in Doha in February 2020 was a huge own goal. In return for some mumbo-jumbo about al-Qaida, Trump pledged total, unconditional US and Nato withdrawal within 14 months. Trump hoped to benefit politically from “bringing the troops home”, even though the vast majority had already left. Today’s ongoing Afghan tragedy is but one aspect of Trump’s toxic legacy. Now Putin’s brutal imperialism threatens in turn to damage Trump’s arch-foe – Biden – by derailing his international and domestic priorities and, if Russia wins, discrediting American global leadership.
Guns Are Not Sacred, Fumes Texas Bishop
       
The Catholic bishop of Brownsville, Texas, has unleashed on those who idolize guns as children are felled by bullets. Advertisement“The darkness first takes our children who then kill our children, using the guns that are easier to obtain than aspirin. We sacralize [make sacred] death’s instruments, and then are surprised that death uses them,” he wrote. The darkness first takes our children who then kill our children, using the guns that are easier to obtain than aspirin. — Amigo de Frodo (@bpdflores) May 25, 2022Flores is particularly upset by the twisted view that somehow gun ownership is a sacred right, regardless of all consequences.
SoCal’s secret birding spot where you can watch 130 species fly though
       
3 things to do this week(Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)1. (Illustration by Ross May / Los Angeles Times; photos by Getty Images)3. “Frequent shallow watering just encourages the roots to stay near the surface, which will spell disaster when the weather gets hot,” according to this L.A. Times story. (Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)Lilacs really aren’t a California thing, but try telling that to Gary Parton. Consider subscribing to the Los Angeles Times Your support helps us deliver the news that matters most.
Trump’s ‘big lie’ hits cinemas: the film claiming to investigate voter fraud
       
Along with Bad Guys, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Everything Everywhere All at Once, there is the title 2000 Mules. Instead, Donald Trump’s “big lie” has arrived at a cinema near you. 2000 Mules claims to be an investigation of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Yet 2000 Mules has been released in more than 270 cinemas across the US with most distribution provided by Cinemark, the third biggest chain in the country. But the release of 2000 Mules is very modest compared to the typical Hollywood blockbuster.
U.S. Federal Reserve says its goal is ‘to get wages down’
       
“Employers are having difficulties filling job openings, and wages are rising at the fastest pace in many years,” Powell complained. Inflation-adjusted wages should have grown 2.1 percent over this period if pre-pandemic trends had continued, leaving real wages well below their pre-pandemic trend. “Inflation is basically the excuse that right-wing governments have for trying to lower wage levels by blaming the inflation on rising wages,” he said. Hudson’s boss was Paul Volcker, who would go on to serve as Federal Reserve chairman under U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. And our class interest is in increasing our power over wages, so we’ve got to keep wages down, even if it causes a recession.
Here’s the Deal review: Kellyanne Conway on Trump – with plenty of alternative facts
       
Confronted with the possibility Bannon might receive a presidential pardon, Conway says, she told him Trump didn’t owe him anything. The Devil’s Bargain, Joshua Green’s 2016 campaign exposé, captures Conway both badmouthing Trump’s chances and playing the sycophant. Conway takes Bannon to task for profiting from his investment in Cambridge Analytica but stays mum about the Mercers’ ownership. This past week, the attorney general for the District of Columbia launched a lawsuit against Facebook in connection with the Cambridge Analytica data breach. Conway writes of how she “made her bones” – a term with mafia origins – in Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Why appeals to altruism won’t budge the US gun lobby
       
Gun deaths were also up, with 45,000 Americans killed by firearms last year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. With that power, the gun manufacturers have captured policymaking. When legislation does pass, it is more likely to be designed to shield the gun industry from accountability than to regulate it. The firearms industry has also worked to prevent Americans from understanding the true cost of largely unregulated firearms ownership. Mike Fifer, then CEO of Sturm Ruger, one of the country’s leading handgun manufacturers, told the NRA that the law had probably saved the gun industry.
As the US supreme court creeps right, a broad view of the second amendment emerges
       
“Before the Trump appointees were on the supreme court, the court had multiple opportunities to take cases that could expand second amendment protections, but it repeatedly turned those efforts aside,” said Adam Winkler, a supreme court and gun policy specialist at UCLA law school. “Now we see that the supreme court is taking big gun cases and seems prepared to issue a very expansive ruling. The supreme court ruling in the New York case is likely to pave the way for further decisions. Photograph: José Luis Magaña/APBut the new rightwing extremism on the supreme court is now likely to threaten that legal status quo. “The supreme court has historically been a voice for the protection of minorities.
Opinion: The cost of Trump's chaos just keeps accumulating
       
His new paperback is " The Cost of Chaos: The Trump Administration and the World ", from which this essay is adapted. As it turned out, that was a fantasy that the Trump administration correctly called out. As a result, the Trump administration authorized at least double the number of US Navy ships transiting the South China Sea performing "freedom of navigation" exercises. JUST WATCHED 'Schizophrenic nature': Dr. Birx describes what it was like working in Trump's White House Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH 'Schizophrenic nature': Dr. Birx describes what it was like working in Trump's White House 03:44Trump also presided over the destruction of the ISIS geographical "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria. He and his wife, Melania Trump, were vaccinated at the White House during the closing days of his presidency.
Imran Khan claims there’s a US conspiracy against him. Why do so many Pakistanis believe him?
       
Islamabad, Pakistan CNN —Standing atop a truck, thronged by a huge crowd, a visibly enraged Imran Khan repeated the claim that has become a rallying cry for his millions of supporters. Pakistan, the ousted former Prime Minister said, was being ruled by “traitors” installed by “a foreign conspiracy” plotted in the United States. Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan gestures as he travels on a vehicle to lead a protest march in Islamabad, Pakistan on May 26, 2022. But Khan’s critics say there’s a problem with his claims: there is no evidence of a conspiracy. Police attempt to quell protests by supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party during a demonstration called by former Prime Minister Imran Khan, in Islamabad on May 26, 2022.
Senate GOP signals an openness to talking about gun legislation
       
Senate Republicans are signaling an openness to talks with Democrats on gun violence in the aftermath of back-to-back mass shootings. Other GOP leaders have also said they’re supportive of bipartisan talks, while similarly pushing back on broad proposals that stray in focus from recent gun violence. There’s also interest in pursuing proposals to expand background checks, like the bipartisan legislation Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) previously brought up years back that sought to mandate background checks for all gun commercial sales. But he noted then that the Senate “can’t even get” that legislation, which was first introduced months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.
The group of lawyers working to hold Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and other election deniers accountable
       
One of the most important features of a healthy democracy is holding officials who do wrong accountable, and this week, there have been some interesting developments in outside efforts to punish Republicans who worked to overturn the results of the 2020 election. A group of lawyers known as "The 65 Project" is attempting to disbar Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and other lawyers who worked to keep Trump in power after losing the election. MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin spoke to group’s director, Michael Teter, about its efforts to hold election deniers accountable.May 29, 2022
Why the Texas school shooting won't stop the NRA convention
       
In 1999, on the heels of the Columbine, Colorado, school shooting that would mark the beginning of a new era, the National Rifle Association hesitated. "Our deepest sympathies are with the families and victims involved in this horrific and evil crime,” the NRA said in a Wednesday statement. Where are the calls for direct action against the NRA convention, protests outside the homes of senators who vote against gun safety? According to Open Secrets, gun rights groups spent roughly $15.8 million on lobbying in 2021 and, as of March 31, have spent another $2 million in 2022. During that same time, gun control groups spent less than a quarter of that amount.
Mitch McConnell Is Pulling His Favorite Move After Mass Shootings
       
McConnell told CNN that he “encouraged” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) to engage with Democrats Sens. "I am hopeful that we could come up with a bipartisan solution," he said. In June 2016, after a man with a gun murdered 49 people at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando, McConnell told reporters “nobody wants terrorists to have firearms." “I am convinced that Mitch wants to do something,” Trump told reporters on August 13, 2019. McConnell also oversaw the passage of a STOP School Violence Act, which provided funding to help prepare and prevent school gun violence.
Voices: Mitch McConnell needs 10 Republicans to support gun control legislation. Can he find them?
       
What Mr McConnell doesn’t say is always just as important as what he does. For Democrats, Mr McConnell’s words offer a glimmer of hope. This time, Mr McConnell is coming out front, and likely knows there is a chance that 10 Republicans will get to yes. The Red-Flaggers: Multiple Republicans have come out in support of red flag laws alongside Mr Portman. But if Mr Cornyn can come back with a solution that Mr McConnell approves, the two might just bring a few more of their Senators over the top.
Don Trump Jr. Suggests Uvalde Shooter Could Have Killed 19 Kids With A 'Bat'
       
The red-faced, nearly teary-eyed Trump Jr. shouted that the shooter was a “sociopath” who could wreak the same havoc with nearly any other weapon. He says gun owners are unfairly “stigmatatized,” and the real problem is that “crazy teachers” are indoctrinating kids. pic.twitter.com/2Rmme3510A — Ron Filipkowski ?? (@RonFilipkowski) May 29, 2022In fact the gun is critical in the amount of destruction any shooter can deliver. That’s why mass shootings with assault rifles have so few survivors (unlike, say, an attack involving a bat). Obviously, that was “nonsense,” Mick North, a father of 5-year-old Sophie killed in Dunblane, told NPR Friday, recalling the prince’s complaint.
Today in History: May 29, Reagan and Gorbachev meet
       
Today in HistoryToday is Sunday, May 29, the 149th day of 2022. Today’s Highlight in History:On May 29, 1988, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev opened their historic summit in Moscow. Rock musician Noel Gallagher is 55. Rock musician Chan Kinchla (Blues Traveler) is 53. Rock musician Mark Lee (Third Day) is 49.
Texas school shooting: Is America too deeply divided to deal with its gun problem?
       
"He managed to buy a gun," I said to another visitor, referring to the Uvalde school gunman. Questions over officers' response grow - live updates from Texas shootingAdvertisement"... and walk into a school and kill 19 kids," I said. He addressed the Uvalde school shooting upfront but rejected any attempts to restrict gun ownership. "If you are not actively doing something to help the problem, you are part of the problem. America is such a deeply divided society right now; more entrenched than it has been for decades.
Pro-gun control protesters clash with Proud Boys supporters outside NRA's Houston conference
       
Local law enforcement was called in to break up a confrontation between gun control advocates and those attending protesting outside the NRA Convention in Houston - with a group of far-right Proud Boys joining in the fight. Many held signs blaming lax gun control laws for the deaths of 19 school children in Uvalde as they called those attending the convention 'murderers,' according to the Houston Chronicle. Nearly 200 protesters gathered outside the NRA Convention in Houston on SaturdayThey called for stricter gun control laws in Texas, where 19 children and two adults were killed at an elementary school last TuesdayThe protesters claimed Texas Gov. The group then walked away in their yellow and black clothing toward the gun control protesters on the other side of the street, the Washington Times reports. Greg Abbott and other state lawmakers introduce new gun control measures.
Trump brags about crowd size at rally before Capitol riot on 6 January
       
Former president Donald Trump bragged about the size of the crowd at the “Stop the Steal” rally at the White House Ellipse before the 6 January riot wherein his supporters breached the US Capitol in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election results. The former president bragged about the size of the crowd during the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the insurrection at the Capitol and said he knew it would be a large crowd. “I felt that the crowd was going to be massive, everybody was saying they were going to be there,” he said. “I believe it was the largest crowd I’ve ever spoken before.”Mr Trump said the press doesn’t want to show the size of the crowd. Mr Trump also criticised the fact that many of the alleged rioters are still in jail and called them “political prisoners”.
We can transform the gun debate with this simple equation. It’s easy math, even for the GOP.
       
ANOTHER BIG LIE we can take down with : Intent + means = outcome. Intent: the will and mindset to carry out an actionMeans: access to the actual equipment to carry it out. The GOP hijacks the national debate by saying we only need work on “intent” , which conveniently allows gun sales to continue unabated. The NRA gets crafty by saying: hey, we need MORE guns and have everyone carry. So domestically, taking assault weapons does NOT lead to taking single shot guns and hunting rifles, and never has.
The Texas Shooting is a Symbol of the Divide in America
       
The Republican party is unforgiving of those who hate guns or want gun control. Republicans control 28 governorships, 54.35% of state legislatures, federal courts under their thumb and have a supermajority in the Supreme Court. The Republican party machine has used its power to ensure that gun control goes nowhere. There is no world where Republicans endorse gun control because gun control is part of the Republican identity. If acts of violence like the Texas shooting do not do that, then just ask yourself what that great act is.
Trump blamed school administrators & kids bad behavior at NRA speech! Have you seen this?
       
21 dead...19 of which are children and he blames kids and administrators. My take away is he thinks shooting little children is the answer to bad behavior. How much bad behavior can a 3rd grader do to require capitol punishment. x Trump blames public school administrators for mass shootings, saying they are making excuses and turning a blind eye to bad behavior from their students. pic.twitter.com/1YRr3m6oAL — Ron Filipkowski ?? (@RonFilipkowski) May 27, 2022Well I guess he blames the kids and teachers for their deaths.
While defending Putin, Russian state TV accidentally admits Trump is a fascist
       
Fascist death yam Donald Trump probably doesn’t understand why—or even whether—he’s a fascist. So that whole global-order-defining dustup in the ‘40s likely remains as mysterious to him as his bathroom refrigerator’s vegetable crisper. Then again, he did reportedly keep a collection of Hitler’s speeches at his bedside—though he claims he never read it. Which, ironically, I find a little hard to believe. But while Trump’s supporters, when confronted with his fascism, tend to squeal like anyone unlucky enough to glimpse his Gorgonzola-esque Dali painting of a pelvic region, at least one bona fide Trump fan in Russian state media is connecting the dots.
Trump: "You want to stop the war?
       
Donald Trump held a rally in Casper Wyoming this evening. x Trump says the way to stop the war in Ukraine is to stop all the windmills pic.twitter.com/D9OXkZMfDd — Acyn (@Acyn) May 28, 2022‘Bad as they’re doing and as much as they are spending, the the Ruble is at an all time high, because they are taking in so much money. You want to stop the war? Drive down the price of energy. Stop with the windmills that kill all your birds, and destroy your environment.’So get rid of these to stop the war?
Don Trump Jr. Suggests Uvalde Shooter Could Have Killed 19 Kids With A 'Bat'
       
AdvertisementThe red-faced, nearly teary-eyed Trump Jr. shouted that the shooter was a “sociopath” who could wreak the same havoc with nearly any other weapon. He says gun owners are unfairly “stigmatatized,” and the real problem is that “crazy teachers” are indoctrinating kids. pic.twitter.com/2Rmme3510A — Ron Filipkowski ?? (@RonFilipkowski) May 29, 2022In fact the gun is critical in the amount of destruction any shooter can deliver. That’s why mass shootings with assault rifles have so few survivors (unlike, say, an attack involving a bat). Obviously, that was “nonsense,” Mick North, a father of 5-year-old Sophie killed in Dunblane, told NPR Friday, recalling the prince’s complaint.
Police arrest suspect in deadly shooting at Walmart in Fairfield Township
       
ReutersThe NRA's convention starts in Houston, where Republicans including U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and former President Donald Trump are scheduled to address the gun-rights group. Abbott will now address the group with recorded video remarks and will make a return trip to Uvalde, NBC News said on Thursday, citing a statement from his spokesman.
COMMENTARY: Primary turnout points to GOP wave in November
       
With primary elections completed in 13 states — five of them swing states — political consultant John Couvillon of JMC Analytics and Polling found a 38 percent increase in Republican primary turnout over the 2018 midterms. And Democratic turnout was down in seven states, while GOP participation was up across the board. Yet Democratic turnout was up by only 33,000 from 2018 while Republican turnout soared by 404,000. Neither party had a contested statewide primary in Indiana, yet Democratic turnout was down while GOP turnout was up by about 15 percent.”In Georgia, Republican turnout blew past Democrats on Tuesday. While Democratic turnout rose from 553,000 in 2018 to 714,000, GOP turnout soared from 607,000 to nearly 1.2 million.
VICTOR JOECKS: Laxalt would be Nevada’s Ron DeSantis
       
Laxalt is the most conservative person to win statewide office in the last decade. Ron DeSantis wave goodbye to the crowd during a rally for Laxalt at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, in Las Vegas. To start, Laxalt is actually conservative, and he has a string of accomplishments as attorney general to prove it. Laxalt is the most conservative person to win statewide office in the past decade. If elected to the U.S. Senate, expect him to be just as proactive as DeSantis in advancing conservative principles.
Insider: Conyers gets endorsements; DePerno courts House GOP; Johnson harangues circulator
       
U.S. House candidate John Conyers III will announce endorsements Tuesday by family members of Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake Jr., both Black victims of shootings by White police officers in 2020. Conyers' late father, U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., represented much of the same territory in Congress for decades. Conyers' campaign said Breonna Taylor's aunt, Bianca Austin, and Jacob Blake Sr., father of Jacob Blake Jr., will attend an event Tuesday afternoon in Detroit to endorse Conyers. DePerno gets audience with House RepublicansMichigan House Republicans met with GOP attorney general candidate Matt DePerno in an off-site meeting Thursday after DePerno asked for some time with lawmakers. The meeting included the participation of Rep. Ryan Berman, the Commerce Township Republican who ran against DePerno for the GOP attorney general nomination.
'Is it getting a little thin? I don't like that!' Donald Trump jokes about his famous hairdo
       
This is the second time in a little over a month that hair has been an issue at a Trump rally. Lauren Bobert of Colorado bragged about being a 'RINO hunter' when talking about Cheney at Trump's Wyoming rally. 'I know what it takes firsthand to beat Liz Cheney, and I'm telling you, Harriet has what it takes,' Stefanik said. During that time he, like Rep. Liz Cheney, held the House GOP Conference Chair position. 'I'm voting because I don't believe in Liz Cheney.
Ivanka and Jared get sporty as they walk around Florida days after a court ruled she must testify
       
AdvertisementFormer first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner appeared without a care in the world on Saturday as they walked their dog around Miami, just days after a New York appeals court ruled Ivanka must testify in her father's fraud investigation. But on Thursday, Engoron ruled 'the existence of a criminal investigation does not preclude civil discovery of related facts, at which a party may exercise the privilege against self-incrimination.' While the former president stepped back from running the company before coming to the White House, his son Donald Trump Jr. is still an executive vice president there. Ivanka Trump left the company in 2017 to be an adviser in her father's presidential administration alongside husband Jared Kushner. The New York appellate court on Thursday said James had uncovered 'significant volumes of evidence' in her investigation.
Following primary losses of Trump-backed candidates, experts question the former president's 'mediocre endorsement record'
       
Experts are reviewing the influence of former President Donald Trump's endorsement following primary losses. "Without the White House, social media or a campaign, Trump doesn't have as much power," a strategist told The Hill. Another said Trump's influence is "around a third or a little bit lower" of what it used to be. Doug Heye, another Republican strategist, told The Hill that the power of Trump's endorsements has been exaggerated, pointing to Republican Senate primaries in Ohio and Pennsylvania where Trump-endorsed candidates captured one-third of total votes. "You can't deny that he doesn't have an influence here," Doug Heye, a Republican strategist, told The Hill.
Seven People Died in Connection With the Capitol Attack. Trump Just Called the Insurrection a ‘Hoax’
       
Hageman is running in a primary against anti-Trump congresswoman, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.). Seven people died in connection with the very real attack, according to a bipartisan Senate investigation. Story continuesTrump again tried to tie Liz Cheney to her father by showing a manipulated image of the congresswoman with George W. Bush’s face. Liz Send-Your-Children-To-War Cheney!” pic.twitter.com/0OV6AmphNj — Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) May 28, 2022Throughout the speech, Trump kept returning to the subject of Jan. 6. But not according to Trump, who said the insurrection is “another con job just like Russia, Russia, Russia.” “This was made up by Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, a total fake story,” he said.
Seven People Died in Connection With the Capitol Attack. Trump Just Called the Insurrection a ‘Hoax’
       
Hageman is running in a primary against anti-Trump congresswoman, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.). “As one of the leading proponents of the insurrection hoax, Liz Cheney has pushed a grotesquely false, fabricated, hysterical, partisan narrative, and that was the narrative of the day,” he said. Trump again tried to tie Liz Cheney to her father by showing a manipulated image of the congresswoman with George W. Bush’s face. Liz Send-Your-Children-To-War Cheney!” pic.twitter.com/0OV6AmphNj — Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) May 28, 2022Throughout the speech, Trump kept returning to the subject of Jan. 6. But not according to Trump, who said the insurrection is “another con job just like Russia, Russia, Russia.” “This was made up by Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, a total fake story,” he said.
Former House Speaker Paul Ryan Emerges To Bash 'Entertainer' Politicians
       
Former Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan emerged from self-imposed political exile to lash “entertainer” lawmakers. The measurement of success was policy and persuasion,” Ryan said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Thursday. Advertisement“You persuade your colleagues, your country, your constituents: ‘This is the right way to go, here’s the solution,’” he told host Rebecca Quick. The measurement of success was policy and persuasion," says Paul Ryan. Ryan said in an interview last year that it was “really clear” Trump lost the election, and that the election was in no way rigged.
Gun in Texas shooting came from company known for pushing boundaries
       
Steve Reed, a Daniel Defense spokesperson, said in a statement that the company was “deeply saddened” by the Texas shooting. He has said that his gun company was born out of his poor golf game. “They’ve been a brand leader,” said Timothy Lytton, a law professor at Georgia State University who studies the gun industry. The week before the Texas shooting, Daniel Defense posted a photograph on Facebook and Twitter, showing a little boy sitting cross-legged, an assault rifle balanced across his lap. Amid a national outcry after the shooting, Daniel Defense retreated from its usual provocative online presence.
'You're FIRED!' Trump calls Cheney a 'lapdog for Pelosi' as he rallies for GOP rival Harriet Hageman
       
'Liz Cheney hates the voters of the Republican Party and she has for longer than you know. Trump visited Casper, Wyoming nearly three months before the Wyoming GOP primary on August 16, 2022 where the candidate he endorsed – Harriet Hageman – is the favorite to win. 'Because of what Liz Cheney did, that's why she was thrown out of the House Republican leadership, which is just about a first. 'I know what it takes firsthand to beat Liz Cheney, and I'm telling you, Harriet has what it takes,' Stefanik said. During that time he, like Rep. Liz Cheney, held the House GOP Conference Chair position.
U.K. Got Tough On Guns After 1996 Scotland School Attack; There Hasn't Been One Since
       
Shattered parents and gun control advocates went into action in 1996 after a former Scout master fatally shot 16 children and their teacher at an elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland. After they battled to effectively ban handguns for civilians in the U.K. (automatic weapons were outlawed after a previous mass killing), there hasn’t been another mass school shooting in the U.K. since. But North is losing faith that Americans are capable of gun control and saving lives lost to bullets. But similar nations with similar “frontier” views — like Canada and Australia — have managed to enact effective gun control measures, North noted. Trump, speaking at the National Rifle Association convention in Texas on Friday, called gun control efforts “grotesque.”
Video: Trump names Uvalde school shooting victims with the bell toll after
       
Video: Trump says teachers should be armed, calls for cops in all schools and slams Uvalde police for taking 'too long' as he reads names of 21 victims to bell tolls and says 'evil' gunman 'will burn in the fires of hell'
Iran shows off underground drone base, but not its location, state media report
       
May 28 (Reuters) - The Iranian army has given some details - but not the exact location - of an underground base for its military drones, state media reported on Saturday, amid simmering tensions in the Gulf. State TV said 100 drones were being kept in the heart of the Zagros mountains, including Ababil-5, which it said were fitted with Qaem-9 missiles, an Iranian-made version of air-to-surface U.S. Hellfire. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterThe Iranian state TV correspondent said he had made the 45-minute helicopter flight on Thursday from Kermanshah in western Iran to a secret underground drone site. 1/9 A drone is seen at an underground site at an undisclosed location in Iran, in this handout image obtained on May 28, 2022. The United States later confiscated the Iranian oil cargo held onboard and plans to send it to the United States on another vessel.
Veteran U.S. judge joins calls for Supreme Court ethics code
       
Placeholder while article actions loadA prominent Republican-appointed federal judge on Thursday joined calls for Supreme Court justices to be subject to an ethics code, saying a failure by judges to police their own misconduct lessens Americans’ respect for the judiciary. “As a court system — federal, state and otherwise — we are under scrutiny and under attack. And because of that I think all judges should be subject to a code of ethics,” Walton said in his interview. AdvertisementWalton said he understood from Thursday’s conference, hosted by the National Judicial College, that the Supreme Court is considering such a code, “and I think that’s a good thing.”The Supreme Court did not respond to a request for comment. AdvertisementEarly this month, a deeply polarized Supreme Court vowed to launch a leak investigation after a draft opinion that would overturn the right to abortion established in Roe v. Wade sent shock waves through the national political landscape.
Biden's remarks about Taiwan prompt calls to revisit 'strategic ambiguity.' But it's a sound policy.
       
Strategic ambiguity is not merely designed to deter China, after all — though that is one key aim. To begin with the basics, strategic ambiguity tries to mitigate two potential pathways to war. Second, China might attack Taiwan to prevent the United States and Taiwan from becoming too closely allied. Those arrangements are consistent with strategic ambiguity, but recent hawkish rhetoric from many in the United States isn’t. In addition, the United States should work with Taiwan to counter looming unconventional threats to Taiwan, including Chinese threats to Taiwan’s cybersecurity.
Russian troops 'launch hunt-to-kill missions' to purge top Ukrainian officials in east of country
       
Murderous Russian troops have launched ‘hunt to kill’ missions to purge top Ukrainian officials in the east of the country. The Russians are hunting for our heads, be it capture or outright liquidation.’Putin’s forces are now in control of 95 per cent of Luhansk. In his nightly address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky admitted the situation was ‘difficult’, but added: ‘Donbas will be in Ukraine because this is us, this is our essence. And even if Russia brings destruction and suffering there, we will still restore every city and every community.’Murderous Russian troops have launched 'hunt to kill' missions to purge top Ukrainian officials in the east of the country. ‘It is possible that in order not to be surrounded, they will have to leave,’ he said.
Inside Mitch McConnell’s decades-long effort to block gun control
       
“If there’s any one individual in the United States to blame for our inability to put things in place to prevent gun violence, it’s Mitch McConnell,” said Peter Ambler, the executive director of Giffords, a group devoted to fighting gun violence. “McConnell knows where his members stand and makes the tough calls to protect their interests,” a senior Republican aide said, explaining McConnell’s overall motivations in addressing gun violence and gun legislation. Brown said that the staffer clearly seemed moved by Lewis, telling him that she held him in high esteem, and by the victims of gun violence, who recounted their stories one after another. The Senate Republican leader has spent his career working to delay, obstruct or prevent most major firearms restrictions from being approved by Congress. And McConnell is the head of the Republican Senate,” Feinblatt said.
Debate Over Guns Unfolds in Uvalde, a Rural Texas Town in Grief
       
Three hundred miles away from Uvalde, raw divisions over gun rights in Texas were on vivid display on Friday as hundreds of gun control supporters protested outside an annual National Rifle Association convention in Houston. Inside, Mr. Trump and others blamed “evil” and an array of social ills for the attacks, but not easy access to guns. The Roman Catholic archbishop of San Antonio, whose territory includes Uvalde, said the N.R.A. But gun rights supporters are challenging those laws in court, and recently won a legal victory after an appeals court struck down California’s ban on selling semiautomatic guns to young adults. “To buy a weapon at 18 — it’s kind of ridiculous.”Even as many in Uvalde have said they want to focus their attention on the victims, the conversation about guns has been reverberating through town.
Chef José Andrés praises the ‘importance of volunteers’ in Ron Howard’s ‘We Feed People’
       
“It’s really about the importance of volunteers and volunteerism,” Howard said, and what urgent, yet compassionate, aid really looks like. An early scene recounts the powerful lesson Andrés learned during his first relief trip to Haiti, when he learned to make beans from local women using their traditional methods, rather than his own. “We are doing close to 400,000 meals a day,” Andrés said, getting even more animated and garrulous as he touts WCK’s accomplishments. We were the first people in Bucha (Ukraine) after the war started.”“Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24,” said Andrés. We were there serving meals on the 25th.”“We Feed People” (Unrated) is available to stream on Disney+ starting Friday, May 27.
Russia and Turkey Scramble to Avoid Conflict. And What do U.S. Democratic Primaries Mean for Moscow?
       
This week on the podcast:— The leaders of Russia and Turkey meet in Moscow on Thursday in a bid to de-escalate fighting in Syria which has brought the two countries to the brink of direct military confrontation. Financial Times Bureau Chief Henry Foy joins us in the studio to discuss what is at stake for both countries. The episode was recorded and edited at CM Records Studio in central Moscow. Read More:Russia’s Syria gamble under pressure as Turkey attacks in IdlibHawks say Sanders will be weak on Russia. But Putin should fear a President Bernie
Hey Hey, NRA, How Many Kids Did You Kill Today?
       
Young and diverse, about 200 protestors exclaimed: “shame” and “kids, not guns” at the NRA members milling about who were, for the most part, white men over fifty. As the grim details dripped out from hundreds of reporters in Uvalde, entertainers dropped out of the NRA event. The violence perpetrated by Texas gun culture south of the border, in turn, pushes migrants north across the Rio Grande. However, for other protesters, neither more guns in the hands of private citizens nor gun-carrying officers in school will help. In her district, administrators have increased training for mass shootings every year since 1998, the year of the Columbine massacre.
Days after school shooting, Republicans defend gun rights at NRA convention
       
pic.twitter.com/YsVBI8qnOX — Ariana Garcia (@Ariana_noGrande) May 27, 2022Multiple elected officials pulled out of their planned appearances at the NRA convention last minute, following heavy criticism. Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Dan Crenshaw — both Texas Republicans — also backed out of the NRA gathering citing scheduling conflicts. In 2020, a study in the Journal of Public Economics found that state-level responses following mass shootings heavily tilted toward loosening, not tightening, gun regulations. The overwhelming public support for better gun control laws shouldn’t come as a surprise after decades of repeated mass shootings in the US. As this interactive data map by Vox shows, as of July 2020, over 2,600 more mass shootings have happened in the decade since the Sandy Hook school shooting.
Trump's Michigan election fraud claims actually proved true — sort of
       
But it involves the 2022 election for governor and Republicans, including some who have peddled Trump’s lies about the 2020 election. Securing that many valid signatures in a state of over 8 million registered voters shouldn’t be that hard. Still, in most cases, valid petitions are submitted. The Michigan Bureau of Elections is not alleging that the candidates knew their petitions contained fraudulent signatures. Say what you will about Trump — and believe me, I have — but he was right to be on the lookout for election fraud in Michigan.
Kellyanne Conway says the 2020 Trump campaign's China-centric 'Beijing Biden' attacks were 'foolish'
       
President Joe Biden listens as he meets virtually with Chinese leader Xi Jinping from the Roosevelt Room of the White House on November 15, 2021. AP Photo/Susan Walsh, FileKellyanne Conway in her new book says the GOP's "Beijing Biden" attacks didn't connect with voters. Conway described Trump's 2020 presidential reelection effort as "more solipsistic than scrappy." While campaigning for reelection in Ohio weeks before the November general election, Trump warned that Biden's ascent to the White House would halt gains in the manufacturing sector. "Put simply, if Biden wins, China wins," Trump said at the time, per The Associated Press.
Kellyanne Conway says she didn't object to her husband George Conway's change of heart about Trump, but was puzzled by his vocal and 'aggressive' dissent
       
Kellyanne Conway is accompanied by her husband, George, as they arrive for a dinner at Union Station in Washington, DC, on January 19, 2017. "I just wanted the old George, the loving husband and father who did not fritter away the day," she wrote. In her newly-released memoir, "Here's the Deal," Kellyanne Conway wrote that her husband George was "beaming" while at the New York Hilton Midtown Manhattan hotel after the race was called for Trump. The former Trump counselor expressed her unhappiness with the tone of the tweets, especially when her husband directly tagged Trump on Twitter. Kellyanne Conway then stated that she began to avoid discussing political developments with her husband altogether.
Chris Christie says Trump wants the GOP to be the 'party of me,' where 'everything has to be about him'
       
Chris Christie says that former President Trump wants the GOP to be the "party of me." Christie rejects such a development, arguing that the party must look to the future in order to win. He came to Georgia to campaign for Trump foe Brian Kemp, who easily won his GOP gubernatorial primary this week. "But more important than that, what we have to decide is: do we want to be the party of me or the party of us?" "The reason the Supreme Court is not taking this is not because of a lack of courage," Christie said at the time.
Opinion | Who Decides the Right Way to Protest?
       
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Inside Mitch McConnell’s decades-long effort to block gun control
       
“If there’s any one individual in the United States to blame for our inability to put things in place to prevent gun violence, it’s Mitch McConnell,” said Peter Ambler, the executive director of Giffords, a group devoted to fighting gun violence. “McConnell knows where his members stand and makes the tough calls to protect their interests,” a senior Republican aide said, explaining McConnell’s overall motivations in addressing gun violence and gun legislation. Brown said that the staffer clearly seemed moved by Lewis, telling him that she held him in high esteem, and by the victims of gun violence, who recounted their stories one after another. The Senate Republican leader has spent his career working to delay, obstruct or prevent most major firearms restrictions from being approved by Congress. And McConnell is the head of the Republican Senate,” Feinblatt said.
No evidence of exploitation of Dominion voting machine flaws, CISA finds
       
There are nine flaws affecting versions of the machine called the Dominion Voting Systems Democracy Suite ImageCast X, according to a copy of an advisory prepared by CISA and obtained by The Washington Post. “Of note, states’ standard election security procedures would detect exploitation of these vulnerabilities and in many cases would prevent attempts entirely. “Voting systems rely on multiple layers of defense including physical and electronic safeguards,” he said. In the 2020 presidential election, officials carried out a hand recount of the entire state, reading the candidate names off the ballots and not just rescanning them. Election security experts have raised concerns about insider threats from election officials who subscribe to conspiracy theories about voting machines.
Former President Trump addresses supporters at Wyoming rally
       
Former President Donald Trump is traveling to Wyoming on Saturday to speak at a rally in support of Rep. Liz Cheney's primary opponent Harriet Hageman. The rally occurred in Casper, Wyoming and speakers were scheduled to begin taking the stage at 1.pm. with Trump scheduled to deliver his remarks at 4 p.m.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPTrump has endorsed Harriet Hageman to unseat Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., a vocal Trump critic, who faces re-election in November. Cheney was among the House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump. Cheney officially filed to run for re-election on Thursday.
Lucas: Maura Healey set to far exceed previous women Massachusetts governor candidates
       
While Attorney General Maura Healey could become the first woman elected governor of Massachusetts, she is not the first to try. Patrick succeeded, decisively defeating Healey in heavily Democrat and progressive Massachusetts, gathering 1,234,784 votes to 784,342 for Healey. While the name is the same, do not look for Maura Healey to follow in Kerry Healey’s footsteps. Healey will most likely not only fare better than Kerry Healey, but she could also exceed the expectations of two other women, both Democrats, who ran for governor and failed to win. I have no doubt he would be a tremendous asset to the next governor and the people of Massachusetts,” Axelrod wrote.
Jon Voight, Outspoken GOP Supporter, Calls For ‘Proper Qualifications for Gun Ownership’ After Uvalde Shooting
       
Actor Jon Voight, a vocal supporter of former president Donald J. Trump and the Republican party, has released a statement calling for stricter gun control laws in the United States. “There should be proper qualifications for gun ownership,” Voight said in a video released through his official Facebook page. One should only own a gun if they’re qualified and schooled.”Voight’s stance marks a striking divergence from the GOP platform’s typical stance on gun control. The incident is the second-deadliest shooting at an elementary, middle or high school in U.S. history, only behind the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. And God will call on Jesus to pray for these families.”Currently, Uvalde marks the 27th school shooting with injuries or deaths this year, according to EducationWeek.
Donald Trump slammed for dancing after ‘disingenuously’ reading list of Texas shooting dead
       
Donald Trump has been slammed for dancing after reading a list of those who died in the Texas school shooting. Critics blasted Mr Trump for his “disingenuous” suggestions and the dancing following his address. European media director of Human Rights Watch Andrew Stroehlein wrote, “The bodies of the children shot dead in Uvalde aren’t even buried yet, and Trump is dancing at an NRA gun celebration”. (Getty Images)Texas School Shooting NRA (Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. “Armed police were on the premises and didn’t go in and now you want Ms Smith in elementary school to take a shot?” Mr Castro added.
GOP Rep. slams Liz Cheney as 'worst candidate for Wyoming' ahead of Trump rally for her rival
       
Republican Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona accused his fellow GOP lawmaker Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming of trying to 'destroy' the GOP and Congress itself in a conversation with DailyMail.com ahead of his speech at Donald Trump's rally in Casper, Wyoming. 'Liz Cheney is the worst candidate for Wyoming,' Biggs said. She was removed from her leadership role heading the House GOP Conference last year over her criticism of Trump and cooperation with Democrats' January 6 investigation. During that time he, like Rep. Liz Cheney, held the House GOP Conference Chair position. The WPAi/Club for Growth PAC survey shows that 56 percent of Republican Wyoming primary voters would support Hageman if the election were held today.
Wyoming voters turn on Cheney as Trump heads to Casper to rally for primary rival Harriet Hageman
       
Wyoming residents at a diner in Casper are overwhelmingly in support of Representative Liz Cheney's GOP primary rival Harriet Hageman – but there were at least two men who said they weren't turning on their current congresswoman. 'I'm voting because I don't believe in Liz Cheney. Two men dining at Johnny J's on Saturday told DailyMail.com that they will still support Liz Cheney (pictured on May 22, 2022). A poll released the day before Trump's visit to Wyoming shows Representative Cheney trailing Hageman by a whopping 30 points. The WPAi/Club for Growth PAC survey shows that 56 percent of Republican Wyoming primary voters would support Hageman if the election were held today.
Amid boycotts, US scrambling to make Summit of the Americas a success
       
Several leaders are threatening to boycott the summit because the U.S. has decided to not invite the governments of Venezuela and Nicaragua. "Is it going to be the Summit of the Americas or the Summit of the Friends of America? "I will attend the summit only if all of the countries in the Americas are invited without exception," President Xiomara Castro tweeted Saturday. Biden administration officials have denied that was the case, but a senior Caribbean-nation official said they made a difference in getting 13 of the 14 island nations to RSVP yes, according to Reuters. Fifteen House Democrats, led by House Foreign Affairs Committee chair Gregory Meeks, wrote to Biden Thursday expressing "concern" about the decision.
Chris Christie says Trump wants the GOP to be the 'party of me,' where 'everything has to be about him'
       
Chris Christie says that former President Trump wants the GOP to be the "party of me." Christie rejects such a development, arguing that the party must look to the future in order to win. He came to Georgia to campaign for Trump foe Brian Kemp, who easily won his GOP gubernatorial primary this week. "But more important than that, what we have to decide is: do we want to be the party of me or the party of us?" "What Donald Trump has advocated is for us to be the 'party of me,' that everything has to be about him and about his grievances.'"
Majority Savers: Please Support Lauren Underwood!
       
Signature IssuesRep. Lauren Underwood is one of the most progressive members of the House of Representatives. That created an opening during the 2018 blue wave, which Lauren Underwood took advantage of and won. In Quarter 1 of 2022, Rep. Lauren Underwood raised a healthy $763k, which means she is expecting a heavily contested election once more. (2/2) pic.twitter.com/TlJYGymbDi — Rep. Lauren Underwood (@RepUnderwood) May 12, 2022If Facebook is more your style, go ahead and follow her at underwoodforcongress. Thank you for supporting Rep. Lauren Underwood by reading this article!
A PAEAN FOR THE FUNDRAISERS (using their own words)
       
I contribute to organizations I trust, like ACLU and SPLC, and I will contribute to individual candidates during their races. Goodbye, Jack. WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW! Georgia yes yes yes! Jack voted Republican?
I am channeling my fury into action and you can too: Saturday's GNR
       
And to all of you who are NOT Senate Republicans, how about some good news to keep us energized? Dow Jones Rallies On Inflation DataThe Dow Jones Industrial Average rose as stocks rallied on encouraging inflation data. Core personal consumption expenditures — the Federal Reserve's preferred inflation indicator — rose 4.9% in April, slower than March's 5.2% increase. President Biden had hoped to make the announcement as soon as this weekend at the University of Delaware commencement, the people said, but that timing has changed after the massacre Tuesday in Texas. Every President Talks About Focusing on China—Biden’s Really Doing ItJoe Biden is committed to succeeding where his predecessors failed.
HOLY CR**: Trump's NRA Speech Showed He's Still Angry, Ignorant, and Severely Mentally Dysfunctional
       
However, among those remaining on the schedule were Sen. Ted Cruz and, of course, former reality TV game show host, Donald Trump. His speech was littered with tiresome tirades that have been festering within the pro-gun community for decades. Trump babbled that..."Whatever our differences may be on other issues, what on Earth is stopping Democrats from immediately passing measures to ramp up school security? x TRUMP: "Whatever our differences may be on other issues, what on Earth is stopping Democrats from immediately passing measures to ramp up school security?" Both Trump and the NRA refuse to acknowledge that guns are a significant factor in tragedies like the one that just occurred un Uvalde.
Hitler-cosplaying insurrectionist found guilty after claiming he didn't know Congress met in Capitol
       
He claimed in testimony on Thursday that he didn't realize that senators and House members were in the Capitol building on Jan. 6. Was Ted Cruz in the bushes like Cyrano de Bergerac feeding this guy his lines? To be clear, I don’t really know what Ted Cruz does in the bushes, or if he’s even in the bushes at all. Okay, that’s close to being about Ted Cruz, but I’m starting to fear I’ve lost the plot. According to reports, Hale-Cusanelli told a federal prosecutor, "I didn't know the Capitol building was the same as the congressional building."
Science has answers to why conservatives fall so easily for COVID-19 and Russian propaganda
       
This is why fearmongering is used more often as a persuasion technique in right-wing media, and why conspiracies are more likely to take root in conservative thought. Glut of right-wing misinformationResearchers from The Ohio State University ran a study in 2021 on political views and media bias. He said invasion talk was “hysteria” and had a chyron under him that read: “NEWS OUTLETS ARE BEHAVING LIKE STATE MEDIA AND UNCRITICALLY PUSHING STATE DEPT PROPAGANDA.” The career diplomats at the State Department were lying. Right-wing media creates conspiracy theorists by trapping them in a vortex of fear. Fox News isn’t getting any better, as seen by their latest fearmongering on “great replacement theory.” It’s too bad right-wing media outlets don’t come with warning labels.
A birthday tribute to JFK's life
       
(Image by Wikipedia (commons.wikimedia.org), Author: Cecil Stoughton, White House) Details Source DMCA(Updated to reflect the passage of time.) So today, on what would be JFK's 105th birthday, I choose hope. In that column five years ago, to my ever-lasting embarrassment on the Internet, I also said that I shared a birthday with another great communicator, Bob Dylan. On a positive note, I subsequently discovered that May 29 is also the birthday of Harry G. Frankfurt. Professor Frankfurt is apparently alive and well and celebrating his 93rd birthday today.
Secret Emergency Orders May Include Focus on Internet, New Files Show
       
internet kill switch(Image by Free Press Pics) Details DMCAPersonally, I thought it was a bad enough omen when President Trump was allowed to test the emergency broadcast system back in 2018 and sent a text message to -- supposedly -- every cellphone in America. You had no choice but to receive it. And there's been talk for years of an internet kill switch, which is not as difficult to do as you might imagine.
Texas is a top target for gun rights lobbying and political contributions • OpenSecrets
       
Texas also ranks second among the 19 states tracked by OpenSecrets for state-level lobbying by gun rights groups with more than $3 million in spending from 2015 through 2021. The influence gun rights groups exert in Texas is also evident in grassroots organizing and advocacy efforts spearheaded by the NRA. Abbot has received more than $20,000 in contributions from gun rights groups with most of that coming from the NRA and the Texas State Rifle Association. The NRA, the Texas State Rifle Association and the Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund have all given political contributions to Paxton. Gun money across party linesContributions from gun rights groups in the Lone Star State are not limited to Republicans.
After Mass Shootings, Republicans Shield White Supremacists From Scrutiny
       
The bill would require federal agencies to document and report domestic terrorism threats, including white supremacists and neo-Nazis inside law enforcement agencies. Thanks to Trump and others on the far right, white supremacist ideologies such as “replacement theory” that motivated the Buffalo gunman are going mainstream among GOP voters. Like other Republicans, Roy argued the anti-terrorism bill would be used by the Biden administration to target right-wing activists. It’s no secret white supremacists and far right extremists have claimed far more lives with violent attacks in the U.S. than leftists. And Republicans rejected the focus on identifying white supremacists working in law enforcement.
Texas Reps Have Taken Over $14 Million From Gun Rights Groups
       
Texas representatives in the 117th Congress took more money from gun rights groups than lawmakers in any other state, a new OpenSecrets analysis found. The influence gun rights groups exert in Texas is also evident in grassroots organizing and advocacy efforts spearheaded by the NRA. Abbot has received more than $20,000 in contributions from gun rights groups with most of that coming from the NRA and the Texas State Rifle Association. Gun Money Across Party LinesContributions from gun rights groups in the Lone Star State are not limited to Republicans. Gun rights groups spent over $2.1 million on lobbying in California from 2015 through 2021 with $811,899 of that spending bankrolled by the NRA.
Opinion | The Good News in Georgia That’s Bad News for Trump
       
This is a column about good news, written in the shadow of the worst news imaginable. Like many people, the mass shooting of children in Uvalde, Texas, is basically the only thing I’ve read about for days. Climate change, systemic racism, toxic masculinity, online disinformation, gun violence, police violence, the next Trump coup, the latest Covid variant, the death of democracy, climate change again. This is the liberal crisis list; the conservative list is different. In this one I want to acknowledge that in a different zone of existential agitation, things just meaningfully improved.
Kellyanne Conway called ex-Fox News host Chris Wallace a 'ratings-hungry anchor' after he asked about her husband's tweets on-air: book
       
Former Fox News anchor Chris Wallace moderated the first presidential debate on September 29, 2020. Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty ImagesKellyanne Conway blasted Chris Wallace for asking about her husband during an on-air 2019 interview. In her newly-released memoir, Conway accuses Wallace of being a "ratings-hungry anchor." During the Fox News interview, Wallace asked the then-Trump counselor about George Conway's tweets. However, Wallace asked Conway about her husband, George Conway, a conservative lawyer turned Trump critic who had started to make headlines for his provocative tweets against his wife's then-boss.
Debate over guns unfolds in Uvalde, a rural Texas town in grief
       
UVALDE, Texas — Living in a rural Texas town renowned for white-tailed deer hunting, where rifles are a regular prize at school raffles, Desirae Garza never thought much about gun laws. “It’s too easy.”But inside another Uvalde home, Amerie Jo’s father, Alfred Garza III, had a sharply different view. An anguished soul-searching over Texas’ gun culture and permissive gun laws is unfolding across the latest community to be shattered by a shooter’s rampage. In a February poll by the University of Texas/Texas Politics Project, 43% of Texans said they supported stricter gun laws, while just 16% wanted looser rules. We should do stronger background checks.” There is room, he said, “for some compromises” on gun laws.
3rd Congressional District sees primaries on both sides
       
Randell Hynes and Susie Lee, Democratic candidates for Congressional District 1, 2022 primary. Clockwise from top left: April Becker, Clark Bossert, John Kovacs and Noah Malgeri, Republican candidates for Congressional District 3, 2022 primary. In the last Congress, the nonpartisan Lugar Center ranked Lee as the most bipartisan Nevada member of the House at No. With a background in solar energy, Hynes said he would push for continued development and installation of panels at residences and on public lands. In Nevada, Congressional District 3 has long been a “swing” district.
Judge dismisses Donald Trump's lawsuit, allowing NY probe to go on
       
Michael SisakA federal judge on Friday dismissed Donald Trump’s lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James, allowing her civil investigation into his business practices to continue. In a 43-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Brenda Sannes said she based her decision on case law that, in most cases, bars federal judges from interfering in state-level investigations. Sannes’ ruling came a day after a New York appeals court ruled that Trump must answer questions under oath in James’ probe, upholding a lower-court ruling requiring him to sit for a deposition. “In a big victory, a federal court has dismissed Donald Trump’s baseless lawsuit to stop my office’s investigation into his and the Trump Organization’s financial dealings,” James said in a tweet. “Frivolous lawsuits won’t stop us from completing our lawful, legitimate investigation.”A message seeking comment was left with Trump's lawyers.
Manchin’s complaints about GOP tax cuts were true, but incomplete
       
For GOP members of Congress to look back at their Trump-era tax breaks as “the most successful tax cut the United States has ever seen” is impossible to take seriously. The tax breaks’ popularity did not improve with time: By 2019, polls showed broad disapproval of the Republicans’ signature policy. The GOP tax cuts weren’t well received because they didn’t work: The breaks didn’t improve business investments, didn’t fuel private-sector hiring, didn’t improve wages, and didn’t pay for themselves. But, Republicans ask, if the tax breaks were such a failure, why was the economy so amazing during Donald Trump’s presidency? Nearly every Democrat, including Joe Manchin, believes the GOP’s unpopular tax cuts should be curtailed, while Republicans are desperate to protect the tax breaks that didn’t work.
Imran Khan claims there's a US conspiracy against him. Why do so many Pakistanis believe him?
       
Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) Standing atop a truck, thronged by a huge crowd, a visibly enraged Imran Khan repeated the claim that has become a rallying cry for his millions of supporters. Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan gestures as he travels on a vehicle to lead a protest march in Islamabad, Pakistan on May 26, 2022. But Khan's critics say there's a problem with his claims: there is no evidence of a conspiracy. Police attempt to quell protests by supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party during a demonstration called by former Prime Minister Imran Khan, in Islamabad on May 26, 2022. Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif gestures during a guard of honour ceremony in Islamabad on April 12, 2022.
Ted Cruz confronted by activist at restaurant over Uvalde shooting after NRA appearance
       
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was confronted on Friday by an activist who initially sought a photograph with the Republican lawmaker, before arguing with him about the deadly mass shooting in Uvalde and his support for Second Amendment rights. TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING: AT NRA, CRUZ URGES ‘SINGLE POINT OF ENTRY’ IN SCHOOLSIn the clip, posted by Indivisible Houston, Hernandez then quizzes Cruz on gun control measures -- including asking why Cruz does not support further background checks. "You know that, but you stand here, you stand at the NRA convention, it is harder when there are more guns to stop gun violence." "Why does this keep happening," Hernandez yells, before accusing Cruz of coming to the convention to "take blood money." TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING: LIVE UPDATESIt marks the latest instance by left-wing activists confronting or haranguing lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who do not agree with them.
As US mourns shootings, NRA in turmoil but influence remains
       
But in 40 years of working to loosen gun laws, the NRA has largely set the cultural tone on the right and is still the most prominent. “The NRA is becoming really a shell of its former self,” said former NRA board member Rocky Marshall. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which represents gun sellers, spent over $4.8 million on lobbying last year, reaching parity with the NRA. It’s avoided heated partisan rhetoric and has a growing influence as the NRA star has waned. For gun owners who traveled from around the country for the convention, the NRA remains a lodestar.
Jon Voight calls for gun control in emotional Facebook video following Uvalde shooting
       
Jon Voight speaks out on gun control. (Photo: Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic)Jon Voight is demanding gun control. The longtime Republican and Trump supporter posted a video to his official Facebook page, calling for “proper” qualifications for gun ownership and testing, following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Tex. He continued, "There should be proper qualifications for gun ownership and proper testing. This life we live pic.twitter.com/pNGI454ibJ — Jon Voight (@jonvoight) May 21, 2022The Uvalde massacre, which left 19 children and two adults dead, has prompted many celebrities to speak out about gun control.
Justices to rule in gun case with US raw from mass shootings
       
Winkler predicted the recent shootings would not do anything to change the outcome in the guns case, where the court's conservative majority has been expected to strike down a New York gun law. "Pro-gun justices are pro-gun," he said, adding it is not likely that recent mass shootings have done anything to change that. The decisions in both the abortion and guns cases are expected to be released sometime in the next month before the justices take their summer break. The gun case the court is considering involves a New York law that makes it difficult for people to get a permit to carry a gun outside the home. No matter how the court decides the New York case, other gun rights disputes are already at or nearing the court.
Cruz confronted at restaurant over gun control after Uvalde shooting
       
was heckled at a Houston restaurant on Friday night, following his speech at the National Rifle Association’s convention, in which he broadly rejected proposals for gun control, days after the Uvalde school shooting. When 19 children died!”As Hernandez was pulled away by security officials, he said to Cruz: “That’s on your hands! Ted Cruz, that’s on your hands!” pic.twitter.com/PaeiQYqfBo — philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) May 28, 2022Neither Cruz’s office nor the owners of Uptown Sushi immediately responded to requests for comment early Saturday. Protesters gathered outside the downtown George R. Brown Convention Center, about 300 miles from Uvalde, to demand gun control and answers from authorities. When Cruz advised him to watch his address to the NRA convention, Hernandez wasn’t satisfied.
Obsession with guns. Dysfunctional families. Many parallels exist between Parkland and Uvalde shooters
       
The Parkland killer, Nikolas Cruz, fled the building and was arrested off-campus. Dysfunction in their homes.”Fascination with gunsOne glaring similarity between the Parkland and Uvalde shooters is their intense interest in guns and other weapons. © Mike Stocker/Sun Sentinel/TNS Students are evacuated by police out of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, after a shooting on Feb. 14, 2018. The Texas killer legally bought the weapons and ammunition he’d use in the rampage within a couple of days after turning 18, according to reports. The Broward Sheriff’s Office and the FBI both failed to act on tips that Cruz might be planning a school shooting.
Hate crime battle is persistent challenge for Biden's administration
       
The massacre sent a defiant message to a ceremony meant to highlight the Biden administration’s fight against racist violence. After citing successful prosecutions in hate crime cases, Garland announced “noncriminal tools” to help prevent them. Hate crimes reported against Black people jumped 43 percent to 2,755. Yet at the same time more than 60 jurisdictions with populations over 100,000 reported zero hate crimes, a circumstance ADL finds “simply not credible.”AdvertisementJake Hyman, an ADL associate director of communications, complained by email about “the persistent lack of complete and reliable data about hate crimes in this country. Garland’s toolbox to combat hate crimes does not include restraining inflammatory speech by elected officials.
Georgia’s primary went smoothly. Voting advocates worry about November.
       
And just because the primary went smoothly, they said, doesn’t mean there won’t be trouble in November. The primary was the first major test of Georgia’s voting system since Republicans enacted the new law. But voting rights advocates have criticized the law as a solution in search of a problem that needlessly restricts access to the polls. That year, around 5 percent of Black voters’ ballots were rejected, while just 3.6 percent of White voters’ were. “Turnout is certainly an indication that Georgia voters are very motivated and determined to cast their ballots this year.
Cruz confronted at restaurant over gun control after Uvalde shooting
       
was heckled at a Houston restaurant on Friday night, following his speech at the National Rifle Association’s convention in which he broadly rejected proposals for gun control, days after the Uvalde school shooting. “Why did you come here to the convention?” the man, later identified as Benjamin Hernandez, asked Cruz. When 19 children died!”As Hernandez is pulled away by security officials, he said to Cruz, “That’s on your hands! Ted Cruz, that’s on your hands!” pic.twitter.com/PaeiQYqfBo — philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) May 28, 2022Neither Cruz’s office nor the owners of Uptown Sushi immediately responded to requests for comment early Saturday. Protesters gathered outside the downtown George R. Brown Convention Center, about 300 miles from Uvalde, to demand gun control and answers from authorities.
In Georgia, 2 Black candidates to compete for Senate seat
       
As she left an Atlanta polling site, Wyvonia Carter said her choice in what might be the most competitive Senate race this year was not particularly complicated. Black voters were crucial in helping Democrats secure those victories and will likely be decisive again this year. The issue is less about whether Walker will break the bond that Black voters have had with Democratic candidates. “In this race, Black Georgians will not have to contend with the race issue,” said Camilla Moore, chair of the Georgia Black Republican Council. More recently, South Carolina’s Tim Scott, the Senate’s only Black Republican, was unsuccessfully challenged in 2016 by Thomas Dixon, a North Charleston pastor.
Second man pleads guilty in plot to bomb Democrats’ California headquarters
       
A California man has pleaded guilty to multiple offences as part of a plot to blow up the state Democratic Party’s headquarters in Sacramento after Joe Biden’s inauguration in January 2021. Referring to the date of Mr Biden’s inauguration, Mr Rogers wrote: “After the 20th we go to war”. Mr Rogers’s plea agreement includes an admission that he planned to use the weapons “against the property of those whose political views differed from his, including the Democratic Headquarters building in Sacramento”. And on 5 January 2021, the night before the US Capitol was violently attacked by a mob of Trump supporters, devices were left outside the Republican and Democratic headquarters in Washington DC. While a suspect was filmed on CCTV placing the viable devices, the FBI still has not announced any progress in identifying them.
N.J. man found guilty of felony obstruction of Congress in Jan. 6 riot
       
Hale-Cusanelli, 32, of Colts Neck, N.J., worked as a security guard and lived on the Naval Weapons Station Earle there. The trial focused on Hale-Cusanelli’s actions on Jan. 6 and his comments afterward to a roommate and federal investigators. He and his lawyer, Jonathan Crisp, mostly did not challenge the four misdemeanor counts: entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct in a restricted area, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and parading or demonstrating in a Capitol building. His text messages before and after Jan. 6, declaring that Joe Biden had not been legally elected, used the n-word. Of the 15 felony sentences, the average prison term handed down has been about 30.6 months, according to Washington Post records.
America might finally be waking up to ‘wokeness’
       
Is the world finally waking up to wokeness? The idea of wokeness began with noble intentions — to raise public consciousness about the enduring impact of racism, sexism and inequality. APNow, fed up with virtue signaling and spooked by the specter of a Republican shellacking come November, more sensibly minded progressives are finally asking whether wokeness matters that much, after all. Choice — particularly choice of thought — has always stood as an existential threat to wokeness in all forms. Many reject the woke term “LatinX,” which data says few actually use and some 40% find offensive.
Trump is trapped in the past, and it’s hurting him with GOP voters
       
Placeholder while article actions loadDonald Trump is trapped in the past and losing his grip on the Republican Party. He remains the dominant force within the GOP, and his ideas are widely mimicked by many GOP elected officials and candidates. But the longer Trump clings to his big lie about 2020, the wearier many Republicans could become with the politics of the past. Trump prodded GOP leaders in the state assembly to launch something akin to the flawed review of the ballots in Arizona. AdvertisementA few days after the state GOP convention, divisions within the GOP over Trump’s lies surfaced again.
California man pleads guilty to plotting to FIREBOMB Democratic HQ after Trump's election loss
       
A California man has pleaded guilty to plotting to firebomb Democratic headquarters following Donald Trump's election loss. On Friday, 46-year-old Napa resident Ian Benjamin Rogers pleaded guilty to conspiring to destroy a building by fire or explosives, possessing an explosive device and possessing a machine gun under a plea agreement. In a different message he said that after Democratic President Joe Biden was inaugurated, 'we go to war.' Their first planned target was the John L. Burton Democratic Headquarters in Sacramento, prosecutors said. The card says 'Trumps Everything' and has the number of '0045' repeated four times like a credit card number, a nod to Trump being the 45th president.
Iranian underground base for missile-firing drones looks like James Bond supervillain's lair
       
AdvertisementIran has revealed it has a massive underground military base brimming with missile-firing drones in a secret bunker beneath a mountain range. With concrete tunnels and military officials using buggies to get around, it looks like a James Bond supervillain's lair — and it has its very own array of deadly weapons to fit the bill. The Iranian army gave some details, but not the exact location, of its secret underground base amid simmering tensions in the Gulf. An Iranian state TV correspondent said he was made to wear a blindfold on the 45-minute helicopter flight from Kermanshah in western Iran to a secret underground drone site. The United States later confiscated the Iranian oil cargo held onboard and plans to send it to the United States on another vessel.
'It's straight out of a playbook': At NRA convention, conspiracy theories abound
       
But at the NRA meeting in Houston, less than 300 miles away, the shooting had been reduced to a sling stone in the broader culture wars. People gather outside the George R. Brown Convention Center to protest the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Houston. But they were no more prevalent than the conference attendees who were entertaining conspiracy theories, uncertain whether the left was setting them up. | Michael Wyke/AP PhotoThe NRA meeting was not unaffected by the shooting. Nationally — and even in heavily Republican Texas — public polling reflects broad support for stricter gun measures.
Kellyanne Conway says the 2020 Trump campaign's China-centric 'Beijing Biden' attacks were 'foolish'
       
Kellyanne Conway in her new book says the GOP's "Beijing Biden" attacks didn't connect with voters. Conway described Trump's 2020 presidential reelection effort as "more solipsistic than scrappy." Biden during his presidency has received pushback from China for his posture regarding Taiwan. While campaigning for reelection in Ohio weeks before the November general election, Trump warned that Biden's ascent to the White House would halt gains in the manufacturing sector. "Put simply, if Biden wins, China wins," Trump said at the time, per The Associated Press.
For a week filled with hate, an Atlanta show offers a counter: Love
       
Enter email address Sign Me Up You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. In a week and month sullied by the senseless violence of mass shootings, “What Is Left Unspoken, Love,” couldn’t be more timely — more needed. “What Is Left Unspoken, Love,” is on view at the High Museum in Atlanta through Aug. 14. Consider subscribing to the Los Angeles Times Your support helps us deliver the news that matters most. MovesThe Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles has named Clara Kim as chief curator and director of curatorial affairs.
As US mourns shootings, NRA in turmoil but influence remains
       
But in 40 years of working to loosen gun laws, the NRA has largely set the cultural tone on the right and is still the most prominent. “The NRA is becoming really a shell of its former self,” said former NRA board member Rocky Marshall. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which represents gun sellers, spent over $4.8 million on lobbying last year, reaching parity with the NRA. It’s avoided heated partisan rhetoric and has a growing influence as the NRA star has waned. For gun owners who traveled from around the country for the convention, the NRA remains a lodestar.
Trump talks about 'disfigured minds' of mass shooters
       
Former President Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz were among the speakers who distorted the security situation at the Uvalde, Texas, school where a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers.
As US mourns shootings, NRA in turmoil but influence remains
       
But in 40 years of working to loosen gun laws, the NRA has largely set the cultural tone on the right and is still the most prominent. “The NRA is becoming really a shell of its former self,” said former NRA board member Rocky Marshall. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which represents gun sellers, spent over $4.8 million on lobbying last year, reaching parity with the NRA. It’s avoided heated partisan rhetoric and has a growing influence as the NRA star has waned. For gun owners who traveled from around the country for the convention, the NRA remains a lodestar.
In Georgia, 2 Black candidates to compete for Senate seat
       
As she left an Atlanta polling site, Wyvonia Carter said her choice in what might be the most competitive Senate race this year was not particularly complicated. Black voters were crucial in helping Democrats secure those victories and will likely be decisive again this year. The issue is less about whether Walker will break the bond that Black voters have had with Democratic candidates. “In this race, Black Georgians will not have to contend with the race issue,” said Camilla Moore, chair of the Georgia Black Republican Council. More recently, South Carolina's Tim Scott, the Senate's only Black Republican, was unsuccessfully challenged in 2016 by Thomas Dixon, a North Charleston pastor.
Georgia Probe Of Trump's Demand To 'Find' Him Votes Expands: Now Weighing Racketeering Issues
       
AdvertisementRaffensperger denied Trump’s call for votes, and said investigations had proven the election was legitimate. But the potential crimes go far beyond Trump’s phone call. Willis is also weighing racketeering and other possible charges involving a number of activities aimed at throwing out state election results, she told The New York Times. That scheme could lead to fraud charges, Willis indicated. In his bombshell phone call, there was no demand for a recount — but merely a demand to “find” just enough votes to put him over the top.
Iran's Revolutionary Guards equipped with helicopter and pair of speedboats seize Greek oil tankers
       
Using a helicopter and twin speedboats, Iranian forces boarded the Prudent Warrior in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday afternoon. Prudent Warrioer had been carrying an oil cargo for the US, while Delta Poseidon's goods were for Agioi Theodoroi's Motor Oil refinery. Last month Athens seized the Russian-flagged Pegas oil tanker — subsequently renamed Lana — for carrying sanctioned Iranian crude. In 2019 Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker shortly after the UK stopped an Iranian vessel in Gibraltar that was carrying crude to Syria. Western diplomats say the main hurdle is the designation of the Revolutionary Guards and its Quds forces as terrorists.
What school shootings do to the kids who survive them, from Sandy Hook to Uvalde
       
Social Issues What school shootings do to the kids who survive them, from Sandy Hook to Uvalde Children who have lived through school shootings share how the horror of what they saw or heard or lost still haunts them Loading... People gather at a memorial for the slain Robb Elementary School students and teachers at the City of Uvalde Town Square. “I’m sorry.”The children and adults who die in school shootings dominate headlines and consume the public’s attention. Those tallies, however, do not begin to capture the true scope of this epidemic in the United States, where hundreds of thousands of children’s lives have been profoundly changed by school shootings. “I felt sad and scared, at the same time,” Zoey, now 9, said of her reaction to the news she’d heard about Uvalde. What she still cannot bear, and what her parents try hard to hide from her, is the news of other school shootings.
The conspiracy theory convention
       
The conspiracy theory convention Presented byDonald Trump doubled down on gun rights at the NRA’s meeting Friday — at a politically precarious moment that gun rights supporters won’t forget. But in recent years, the explosion of conspiracy theories on the right have changed that expectation. Then, there’s the man who might challenge him for the presidency in 2024: former president DONALD TRUMP, who doubled down on gun rights at the NRA’s meeting Friday — at a politically precarious moment that gun rights supporters won’t forget. CNN “State of the Union”: Texas state Sen. Roland Gutierrez … Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) … Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) … Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.). MSNBC “The Sunday Show”: David Hogg … Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) … Michigan state Sen. Mallory McMorrow … Marc Morial … Robin DiAngelo … Tim Wise … Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.).
The NRA Show Goes On
       
The Daily BeastTerry WyattLee Greenwood, the staple of Trump rallies and the most prominent musician to pull out the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Texas, told Fox News on Friday that his conscience would not allow him to perform at the event in the wake of the Uvalde school shooting.Greenwood directly cited the massacre that left 19 children and two adults dead as the cause of his last-minute pang of conscience.During an appearance on Fox & Friends on Friday, Greenwood added: “For me to go and
ASK IRA: Where does Game 6 in Boston rank in Heat lore?
       
May 26, 2022Q: Ira, Jimmy Butler went into last year’s playoff saying he was “stupidly locked in” and then was awful aginst the Bucks. Advertisement[ Submit your "Ask Ira" question here! ] [ Submit your "Ask Ira" question here! ] [ Submit your "Ask Ira" question here! ] And that is Erik Spoelstra’s approach, whether it is Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry or Bam Adebayo.
AP News Summary at 9:16 a.m. EDT
       
Russia takes small cities, aims to widen east Ukraine battleKRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia has claimed the capture of a key railway junction as its forces fight to seize all of eastern Ukraine's contested Donbas region. Official: Girl told 911 'send the police now' as cops waitedUVALDE, Texas (AP) — Students trapped inside a Texas classroom with a gunman repeatedly called 911 as officers waited more than an hour to confront the shooter. Now, it's urged to helpSTAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Europe’s frantic search for alternatives to Russian natural gas has dramatically increased the demand — and price — for Norway's oil and gas. AP FACT CHECK: NRA speakers distort gun and crime statisticsWASHINGTON (AP) — An AP Fact Check is examining rhetoric from the National Rifle Association's annual meeting. Former President Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz were among the speakers who distorted the security situation at the Uvalde, Texas, school where a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers.
Country music stars distance themselves from NRA after school massacre
       
At least five country musicians, including "God Bless the USA" performer Lee Greenwood, pulled out of the NRA's annual convention that opened Friday in Texas. "Country music is not monolithic by any means," Professor Mark Brewer, who teaches a class on music and American politics at the University of Maine, told AFP. Brewer says there have been "longstanding connections" between country music, conservative politics, and gun culture. -2017 Las Vegas shooting -Unlike Hollywood and the US pop music industry, which lean left, country music has plenty of conservative artists. Could that lead to more country stars taking progressive stances in the future?
Meet the Reclusive Software Billionaire Attacking Elon Musk
       
“Trillion-Dollar Ponzi Scheme.”“Deep Flaws.”“Unsafe.”The television ads for Dan O’Dowd, a software billionaire running as a Democrat for Senate in California, are not your typical campaign spots. “The software that drives cars that are going to have millions of people depending on it should be our best software, the most carefully designed and tested software,” he said. Musk enters the arenaFor Democrats, Elon Musk, Tesla’s founder, makes for an inviting political quarry. “We don’t make self-driving cars,” he said, adding that some car companies were using its software in certain low-level components. The post Meet the Reclusive Software Billionaire Attacking Elon Musk appeared first on New York Times.
Trump’s Primary Losses Puncture His Invincibility
       
But there has been a less visible sign of slippage: Mr. Trump’s vaunted digital fund-raising machine has begun to slow. Those close to Mr. Trump — and even Republicans who aren’t — caution against misreading the significance of primary losses in which he himself was not on the ballot. Most of Mr. Trump’s advisers believe he should wait until after the midterm elections to announce a candidacy. “He’s so polarizing,” Ms. Fickes said of Mr. Trump, “and that’s the problem.”Rachel Shorey contributed reporting. The post Trump’s Primary Losses Puncture His Invincibility appeared first on New York Times.
Hundreds protest outside NRA convention in Texas days after massacre in Uvalde
       
© Provided by LA Times People walk past signs outside the exhibit halls at the NRA annual convention in Houston. convention here Friday, days after the country's latest mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, chanting, "Protect our kids, not guns!" © (Molly Hennessy-Fiske / Los Angeles Times) Courtney Harris brought her 8- and 6-year-old daughters to the protest outside the National Rifle Assn. © (Molly Hennessy-Fiske / Los Angeles Times) Protesters gather outside the NRA convention in Houston on Friday. It was truck driver Henry Cook's first NRA convention.
Enraged Americans Expected Uvalde Cops to Fight to the Death to Stop Elementary School Massacre. They Had No Legal Duty to Act.
       
“Everybody’s going to hate law enforcement for not being the heroes we expect them to be, despite there not being a legal duty to act,” the attorney noted. Peterson’s lawyers explained by pointing to Peterson’s lack of a legal duty to act:The instant case is yet another unfortunate example. Because the government assumed a duty to act on the tip and failed in its duty, it could be held liable, the plaintiffs asserted. State Civil LiabilityA Florida state law limits state liability for any single “incident or occurrence” to a total sum of $300,000. Though there is some old, minority case law which suggests a possible heightened duty in very specific circumstances, the law generally protects law enforcement hesitation.
From a Gun-Free Bubble, NRA Demands ‘More Guns’ To Limit Mass Shootings
       
HOUSTON—The biggest names of the National Rifle Association’s annual gun show wouldn’t take the stage until mid-afternoon on Friday. Large poster boards warned attendees that firearms, ammunition, knives and “weapons of any kind” were prohibited inside the convention arena. The irony that a common-sense gun restriction was creating a firearms-free bubble inside the belly of the NRA convention was glaring, but attendees and speakers alike seemed blinded to it completely. The General Assembly arena was set up like a concert, with NRA VIPs crowding the stage in the pit. “Now is when we double down.”By the time the emotionally crippled former president took the stage, the staged attempts at grief were descending into farce.
School shooting protocols changed after Columbine to a 'every second counts' approach: experts
       
School safety experts told Fox News Digital that school shooting prevention protocols have changed dramatically since the Columbine High School attack in 1999 but the recent shooting in Uvalde, Texas shows that more can still be done. TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING: LIVE UPDATESThat tactic, Former Acting Chief of Police of the Los Angeles Police Department Michael Downing told Fox News Digital, is known as immediate action rapid deployment. "You deploy immediately on the threat and you stop the threat," Downing, a counterterrorism expert, told Fox News Digital. WHO IS THE TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTER? Downing told Fox News Digital that the country needs to "change the conversation from defense to offense."
Proud Boys leader Tarrio loses latest bid for release from jail
       
Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio speaks to the media following his release from the D.C. Central Detention Facility where he had been held since September 2021, in Washington, U.S., January 14, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/File PhotoMay 28 (Reuters) - A judge has denied the latest request by Enrique Tarrio, the former top leader of the right-wing group the Proud Boys, for release from jail while he awaits trial on criminal charges relating to last year's attack on the U.S. Capitol. Police arrested Tarrio on Jan. 4, 2021, for burning a Black Lives Matter banner at a historic African-American church in December 2020, a charge for which he later served four months in jail. Tarrio's attorney Nayib Hassan told reporters in March Tarrio left Washington, D.C. on Jan. 5, 2021 - a day before the attack on the Capitol. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Jan Wolfe, Editing by Louise HeavensOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
NRA Speakers Unshaken On Gun Rights After School Massacre
       
(AP Photo/Michael Wyke) Michael Wyke via APThe meeting was the first for the troubled organization since 2019, following a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once among the most powerful political organizations in the country, the NRA has seen its influence wane following a significant drop in political spending. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke) Michael Wyke via APTrump accused Democrats of trying to exploit the tragedy and demonizing gun owners. Outside the convention hall, protesters gathered in a park where police set up metal barriers — some holding crosses with photos of the Uvalde shooting victims. Samuel Thornburg, 43, a maintenance worker for Southwest Airlines in Houston who was attending the NRA meeting, said: “Guns are not evil.
In Georgia, 2 Black candidates to compete for Senate seat
       
As she left an Atlanta polling site, Wyvonia Carter said her choice in what might be the most competitive Senate race this year was not particularly complicated. Black voters were crucial in helping Democrats secure those victories and will likely be decisive again this year. The issue is less about whether Walker will break the bond that Black voters have had with Democratic candidates. “In this race, Black Georgians will not have to contend with the race issue,” said Camilla Moore, chair of the Georgia Black Republican Council. More recently, South Carolina’s Tim Scott, the Senate’s only Black Republican, was unsuccessfully challenged in 2016 by Thomas Dixon, a North Charleston pastor.
As the NRA meets in downtown Houston, hundreds rally in opposition – Houston Public Media
       
Hundreds rallied in support of gun control outside the George R. Brown Convention Center today. Hundreds of people rallied outside the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston Friday morning in opposition to a National Rifle Association convention being held just days after the deadly Uvalde school shooting. Harper Young, a Houston 10th-grader, said he was angry the meeting continued despite this week’s school shooting. It’s not okay.”Others said they wanted common-sense gun laws, and hoped politicians could agree on compromises to keep everyone safer. And the only way that we’re going to make that stop is by going to our lawmakers.”Inside the convention, gun rights supporters heard a much different message.
The June primary for California attorney general is a fight for second place
       
California Your guide to California’s 2022 primary election Here’s everything you need to know about the California primary election. Some of the groups have never contributed to a California political campaign before, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis. He has touted his experience as both a prosecutor and defense attorney, as well as his tenure as an assistant U.S. attorney, as evidence of his qualifications for attorney general. Most political watchers still expect Bonta to win a second term as California attorney general, regardless of his competition. Every attorney general since 1999 has been a Democrat, and Bonta’s endorsements include California’s executive leaders.
Rhode Island political news: May 2022
       
Calkin,a Warwick Democrat, founded Rhode Island for Bernie Sanders in 2015 before winning a Senate seat in 2016. Picheco served in the US Navy for six years and is now studying sociology and political science at the University of Rhode Island. While the Reproductive Privacy Act codified Roe v. Wade in Rhode Island, state law prevents 330,000 Rhode Islanders from using their health insurance to cover abortion, she said. Goyette has five years of experience in political campaign work, having previously served as campaign manager for Jennifer Rourke, a Democratic state Senate candidate who co-founded the Rhode Island Political Cooperative. McCaffrey, a Warwick Democrat, issued a statement, saying Diossa has the experience Rhode Island needs in its next general treasurer.
Obsession with guns. Dysfunctional families. Many parallels exist between Parkland and Uvalde shooters.
       
The Parkland killer, Nikolas Cruz, fled the building and was arrested off-campus. Dysfunction in their homes.”Fascination with gunsOne glaring similarity between the Parkland and Uvalde shooters is their intense interest in guns and other weapons. AdvertisementPeople gather at a memorial site on Thursday to pay their respects for the victims killed in this week's elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. The Broward Sheriff’s Office and the FBI both failed to act on tips that Cruz might be planning a school shooting. The Parkland killer made a video on his cellphone bragging, “I’m going to be the next school shooter.” It was discovered after the shooting.
Real change will only come from all of us | Letters to the editor
       
Ron DeSantis expressed support for a law allowing people without gun permits to carry loaded firearms in Florida. (The Florida Channel)The silence is deafening from our open-carry-gun-law-advocating governor after the latest killing of elementary school children. This requires action from the ground up, because neither Congress nor the politicized Supreme Court will help the people. The only way to make it safer for our children and grandchildren is to arm as many teachers as possible. However, the repeated use of words such as ‘unfounded’ or ‘baseless’ does not constitute unbiased reporting of the facts.
AP News Summary at 9:01 a.m. EDT
       
Russia takes small cities, aims to widen east Ukraine battleKRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia has claimed the capture of a key railway junction as its forces fight to seize all of eastern Ukraine's contested Donbas region. Official: Girl told 911 'send the police now' as cops waitedUVALDE, Texas (AP) — Students trapped inside a Texas classroom with a gunman repeatedly called 911 as officers waited more than an hour to confront the shooter. Now, it's urged to helpSTAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Europe’s frantic search for alternatives to Russian natural gas has dramatically increased the demand — and price — for Norway's oil and gas. Fleeing the Russians: Evacuations are slow, arduous, fraughtBAKHMUT, Ukraine (AP) — To a threatening soundtrack of air raid sirens and booming artillery, civilians are fleeing towns and cities in eastern Ukraine as Russian forces advance. AP FACT CHECK: NRA speakers distort gun and crime statisticsWASHINGTON (AP) — An AP Fact Check is examining rhetoric from the National Rifle Association's annual meeting.
McCarthy, GOP lawmakers escalate standoff with Jan. 6 panel
       
Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy is making clear that he will defy a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack, escalating a standoff with the panel over his and other GOP lawmakers’ testimony. McCarthy has acknowledged he spoke with Trump on Jan. 6 as Trump’s supporters were beating police outside the Capitol and forcing their way into the building. His defiance presents a new challenge for the committee after lawmakers decided to take the extraordinary and politically risky step of subpoenaing their own colleagues. It could refer the lawmakers to the House ethics committee or take steps to hold them in contempt. The lawyers also wrote that McCarthy and Scalise filed the brief “out of concern for the potential damage to House institutional," rules and order.
Former Proud Boys leader must stay in detention while awaiting Jan 6 trial, court rules
       
A court in Washington DC has ruled that Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio must remain in detention pending his trial on seven charges stemming from the 6 January 2021 attack on the US Capitol. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. He pleaded guilty the following summer and was jailed for five months, and was arrested in relation to the Capitol riot in March this year. Three members of the group have now pleaded guilty. The date for Mr Tarrio’s trial was originally set for 18 May, but was vacated by Mr Kelly earlier this year after the Department of Justice requested more time to gather evidence.
Trump election probe grand jury to hear from Raffensperger
       
Georgia's secretary of state is expected to appear next week before a special grand jury in an investigation into whether former President Donald Trump and others illegally tried to meddle in the 2020 election in the state. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has been summoned to appear before the special grand jury Thursday, according to a subpoena obtained by The Associated Press through an open records request. Trump directed his ire at Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, after the secretary of state refused to bend to pressure to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s narrow presidential election victory in Georgia. She made clear when she requested a special grand jury earlier this year that one purpose for doing so would be to issue subpoenas to people who might not cooperate otherwise. The 23 members of the special grand jury and three alternates were selected May 2 but Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney, who's overseeing the panel, said the grand jurors wouldn't begin meeting until June.
Jan 6 committee condemns Kevin McCarthy’s ‘assault on the rule of law’
       
The select committee investigating the 6 January 2021 attack on the US Capitol has promised to take action against several Republican congressmen who are refusing to comply with its subpoenas. “Claims challenging the composition of the Select Committee and the legitimacy of its subpoenas have repeatedly failed in the courts,” wrote spokesperson Tim Mulvey. Mr Trump initially endorsed him in the race but then withdrew his backing, citing Mr Brooks’s telling an audience of supporters that Republicans should “move on” from fixating on the 2020 election. Alongside its subpoenas, the select committee has also requested the assistance of Georgia representative Barry Loudermilk. The first of the six televised hearings the panel has scheduled for the summer will take place on 9 June.
Donald Trump's Stiff Chant Of Uvalde Victims' Names At NRA Rally Curdles Critics' Blood
       
Former President Donald Trump’s mangled recitation of the names of the 21 Uvalde, Texas, mass shooting victims at the National Rifle Association’s convention on Friday made Twitter critics’ blood run cold. The names of the 19 children and two teachers, broken up into hardly recognizable syllables in Trump’s stumbling pronunciation, were interspersed with the funereal sound of a gong. He blamed the horrific bloodshed at yet another American school on “broken families” — and called efforts to curb gun violence “grotesque.”Twitter users found the entire spectacle horrifying. Journalist Justin Glave called Trump’s tribute to the Uvalde victims “dystopian” and said that the gongs seemed to “signal that the republic is doomed.”One critic said the readings sounded like some kind of ceremonial sacrifice to the NRA cult. Many were dumbfounded by Trump’s apparent lack of preparation to read the names of the dead children and their teachers.
Enraged Americans Expected Uvalde Cops to Fight to the Death to Stop Elementary School Massacre. They Had No Legal Duty to Act.
       
“Everybody’s going to hate law enforcement for not being the heroes we expect them to be, despite there not being a legal duty to act,” the attorney noted. Attorney Codgell noted that teachers also do not have a legal duty to fight to the death when confronted with a mass shooter. Peterson’s lawyers explained by pointing to Peterson’s lack of a legal duty to act:The instant case is yet another unfortunate example. Because the government assumed a duty to act on the tip and failed in its duty, it could be held liable, the plaintiffs asserted. State Civil LiabilityA Florida state law limits state liability for any single “incident or occurrence” to a total sum of $300,000.
Carolyn Maloney and Jerry Nadler, New York’s Congressional Warhorses, Gird for Battle
       
But this is what happens when last-minute court rulings and a “special master” rip up New York congressional district lines and set off intramural warfare. Two of the city’s political warhorses, Carolyn Maloney and Jerry Nadler, are now pitted against each other. Nadler can also point to bills passed, but his campaign will likely lean more heavily on liberal and cultural cred. Patel, 38, is in the 2022 field as well, offering a younger, outsider alternative to Maloney and Nadler. Thirty years later, redistricting might end the long political career of either Maloney or Nadler—or maybe both.
Republicans’ “Good Guy With a Gun” Calls Look Even More Absurd in Wake of Disastrous Police Response During Texas School Shooting
       
Twitter content This content can also be viewed on the site it originates from. Twitter content This content can also be viewed on the site it originates from. The Texas suspect, Salvador Ramos, didn’t exactly sneak in a side door at Robb Elementary School before starting his shooting spree. Witness accounts from the scene outside of the elementary school suggest a catastrophic failure on the part of the police who, again, conservatives routinely insist negate the need for stronger gun control. National school security expert Kenneth Trump told the Post the delay will be difficult to explain away.
Anna Duggar: Is She Finally Considering Divorcing Josh?
       
It's been five months since Josh Duggar was convicted on child pornography charges. Of course, he's not the only one whose future is uncertain but decidedly bleak ...Josh's wife, Anna Duggar, gave birth to her seventh child just weeks before he was convicted. “Anna is a shell of a woman at the moment, but she is choosing to stay with Josh. So because of that they have told friends that they will financially support Anna and the kids." Anna and her children will presumably live on the Duggar family's property for the entirety of Josh's sentence.
Gwendlyn Brown: Boom! Bam! I'm Instagram Official with New Girlfriend!
       
For Gwendlyn Brown, it's official. See for yourself:Along with this photo, Brown noted that the woman pictured is named Beatriz Queiroz, but she goes by "Noel." Back in August 2020, Brown came out and told followers she was a raging bisexual, but this marks the first time she's gone public with someone of the same sex. In February, for example, she mocked her dad by revealing that a quick Google search revealed Kody to be "Christine Brown's ex-husband." In September 2020, not long after essentially coming out of the cloest, Gwendlyn said she has NOT received support from her siblings.
This nonprofit will use big data to fight voter suppression in the midterm elections
       
But a recently launched nonprofit stepped in, using anonymized cell phone data to show the impact that the change would have on voters. The Center for New Data plans to share information with multiple nonpartisan voting rights organizations in the 2022 midterm elections. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would restore and strengthen voting protections, failed to pass the Senate last November and failed again in January. Voting rights advocacy “has always been challenging,” says Fair Fight’s Balcazar. As a data-driven organization, Fair Fight has always fought voter suppression with qualitative and quantitative proof.
This is how Florida educators are fighting back against ‘Don’t Say Gay’
       
Alex Quinto, a middle-school counselor in Pinellas, Florida, has lots of questions about what “Don’t Say Gay” means for his students. He, like many educators in Florida, is unclear about what the infamous “Don’t Say Gap” bill means in practice. But the part of the bill that’s drawn the most criticism (and earned the name Don’t Say Gay”) is its limits on instruction about sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten through third grade. “Don’t Say Gay is unconstitutional and a violation of Title IX,” says Joe Saunders, senior political director and a former member of the Florida House of Representatives. Saunders sees “Don’t Say Gay” as part of DeSantis’s bid for presidency.
Does Work Feel Exhausting? Here’s How to Protect Your Energy.
       
Does work feel more exhausting these days? No matter what you’re struggling with, you need to find ways to protect your energy and mental health at work. Is it just us, or does work feel more exhausting these days? No matter what you’re struggling with, you need to find ways to protect your energy and mental health at work. Building healthy self-care habits and practicing self-compassion can help you protect yourself.”In action: It’s common to feel compassion fatigue at work, especially if you’re a manager.
How the Fed came through the pandemic
       
To do this, he settled on a nationwide tour, dubbed “Fed Listens.”What Powell heard was that the Fed was paying too much attention to inflation and too little to unemployment. The Fed was alert to the seriousness of the pandemic faster than the administration or Congress. That the Fed quickly understood the ruinous potential of the pandemic meant that it assumed a bigger and bigger role in combating it. Had Powell’s Fed overdone it or merely been unfortunate? That the Fed quickly understood the ruinous potential of the pandemic meant that it assumed a bigger and bigger role in combating it, at the same time that it also tried to correct its errors of the past.
Iran shows off underground drone base, but not its location -state media
       
A drone is seen at an underground site at an undisclosed location in Iran, in this handout image obtained on May 28, 2022. Iranian Army/WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Handout via REUTERSMay 28 (Reuters) - The Iranian army has given some details - but not the exact location - of an underground base for its military drones, state media reported on Saturday, amid simmering tensions in the Gulf. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterThe Iranian state TV correspondent said he had made the 45-minute helicopter flight on Thursday from Kermanshah in western Iran to a secret underground drone site. TV footage showed rows of drones fitted with missiles in a tunnel, which it said was several hundred metres underground. The United States later confiscated the Iranian oil cargo held onboard and plans to send it to the United States on another vessel.
Trump Jr. allies issue warning to Stefanik camp: Don’t go after Tucker’s kid
       
3 House Republican post, Stefanik is now considered a contender for the whip’s role in a potential GOP majority next year. Trump Jr. allies were recently told that Stefanik’s camp was behind an effort to plant negative stories about Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.). Trump Jr. allies made their displeasure with Stefanik clear through mutual friends, according to this Republican. GOP strategist Doug HeyeWhile Trump Jr.’s allies may have offered their displeasure with Stefanik, it appears she hasn’t alienated the former president himself. “In case you haven’t noticed, it’s people like Tucker Carlson and Elise Stefanik who have been taking incoming hit pieces from the media and the Left.
Could abortion rights save Tom Malinowski's campaign?
       
There’s been plenty of talk about how backlash to the Supreme Court’s decision on abortion could give Democrats a much-needed midterm boost. Then-New Jersey Republican Senate candidate, Tom Kean Jr., speaks after conceding the race to incumbent Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) November 7, 2006 in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Jennifer Holdsworth Karp, a former political director for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, agrees with Malinowski that abortion will be more of a motivator this year. New Jersey is one of several states that does not explicitly ban abortion at any stage. Asked if Kean is correct that he supports abortion access “right up until the moment of birth,” Malinowski called Kean’s attack disingenuous.
As a jury weighs if a lawyer lied to the FBI, Durham's legacy hangs in the balance
       
Instead, in this case, the FBI is the victim. The key witness for Durham's team was former FBI general counsel James Baker, who met with Sussmann in September 2016. Baker didn't take notes about the meeting and has offered conflicting accounts about what Sussmann told him about clients. "Under the law, no one has a license to lie to the FBI," said prosecutor Andrew DeFilippis. If the Washington, D.C.-based jury convicts him, it's not clear Sussmann will face much if any prison time.
Trump Jr. allies issue warning to Stefanik camp: Don’t go after Tucker’s kid
       
Allies of Donald Trump Jr. issued a stark warning to Elise Stefanik recently: Keep friends' kids out of your political rivalries. Those Trump Jr. allies were recently told that Stefanik’s camp was behind an effort to plant negative stories about Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind. 3 House Republican post, Stefanik is now considered a contender for the whip’s role in a potential GOP majority next year. Trump Jr. allies made their displeasure with Stefanik clear through mutual friends, according to this Republican. While Trump Jr.’s allies may have offered their displeasure with Stefanik, it appears she hasn’t alienated the former president himself.
As Uvalde parents seethe, recourse against police may be limited
       
The Texas Torts Claims Act grants permission to sue in certain limited circumstances, but according to legal experts interviewed, those wouldn’t apply in the Uvalde school shooting case. Protesters angry about gun violence demonstrated outside, including some holding crosses with photos of the Uvalde shooting victims. Maite Yuleana Rodriguez, a victim of the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, places flowers as she mourns at a makeshift memorial outside Uvalde County Courthouse in Uvalde, Texas, on Thursday. Mass shooting after mass shooting, more than 200 so far this year.
Gun-right fights move to the states after little federal action
       
AdvertisementThe NRA has won the fight over gun rights in Washington -- for now. With a six-to-three conservative majority, it is expected to overturn or significantly weaken New York state's restrictions on carrying concealed handguns. That, in turn, is likely to spur liberal states to find new ways to limit the range of public places where firearms are permitted. Since then, legislatures in half the states have removed permitting requirements, mostly in recent years and involving concealed firearms. AdvertisementAnother important state-level trend involves preemption statutes, which prevent local governments from restricting gun ownership and possession more than the state does.
Students in classroom repeatedly called 911 as officers waited, official says
       
But another 47 minutes passed before the Border Patrol tactical team breached the door, McCraw said. Ramos killed 19 children and two teachers inside the room. Throughout the attack, teachers and children repeatedly called 911 asking for help, including the girl who pleaded for the police, McCraw said. But it was not until around 12:50 p.m. that police killed Ramos, McCraw said, when shots could be heard over a 911 call from a person inside the classroom as officers breached the room. Before she sent the 8-year-olds back, she studied the school building, figuring out which windows she would need to break to reach them.
AP News Summary at 8:16 a.m. EDT
       
Official: Girl told 911 'send the police now' as cops waitedUVALDE, Texas (AP) — Students trapped inside a Texas classroom with a gunman repeatedly called 911 as officers waited more than an hour to confront the shooter. Russia takes small cities, aims to widen east Ukraine battleKRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia has claimed the capture of a key railway junction as its forces fight to seize all of eastern Ukraine's contested Donbas region. Now, it's urged to helpSTAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Europe’s frantic search for alternatives to Russian natural gas has dramatically increased the demand — and price — for Norway's oil and gas. AP FACT CHECK: NRA speakers distort gun and crime statisticsWASHINGTON (AP) — An AP Fact Check is examining rhetoric from the National Rifle Association's annual meeting. Fleeing the Russians: Evacuations are slow, arduous, fraughtBAKHMUT, Ukraine (AP) — To a threatening soundtrack of air raid sirens and booming artillery, civilians are fleeing towns and cities in eastern Ukraine as Russian forces advance.
Shouldn't Hillary Clinton Be Banned From Twitter Now?
       
Obviously this isn’t Watergate, Hillary Clinton was never president, and Sussmann’s trial doesn’t equate to prosecutions of people like Chuck Colson or Gordon Liddy. Worse, instead of petty “ratfucking” like Donald Segretti’s “Canuck letter,” the Clinton campaign created and fueled a successful, years-long campaign of official harassment and media fraud. Trump was bounced from Twitter for incitement, but Twitter has a policy against misinformation as well. The first time the Clinton campaign fed tales about Steele and his material to the press, via the September, 2016 Yahoo! The most dangerous variety, however, isn’t from random users in porn-like chats, but the kind exposed by the Clinton campaign.
What Is the Fall in the Stock Market Telling Us?
       
After staging a rally on Monday, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose two per cent, the stock market stalled on Tuesday. The news media is full of stories about a bear market, which is usually defined as a fall of twenty per cent or more, but what is happening needs to be put into perspective. The pandemic bubble may have burst, but stock prices are still at very high levels. “Most household balance sheets are strong and can provide some cushion for rising prices,” Rouse said. “I understand rising prices are painful.
America’s Redistricting Process Is Breaking Democracy
       
Rather than demand that the commission go back and try again, as the law required, the Democratic-controlled legislature simply accepted the Democrats’ maps. A day after the Governor signed off on them, a group of Republican voters sued to have them thrown out. The Republican plan, called the Redistricting Majority Project, or REDMAP, was a thirty-million-dollar effort sponsored by the Republican State Leadership Council to gain control over the redistricting process. REDMAP led to the creation of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, in 2017, an effort spearheaded by former Attorney General Eric Holder. The redistricting process may seem arcane and academic, even negligible, but it is a foundation of representative democracy.
Will an Emergency Law Used to Keep Out Migrants Become Permanent?
       
Even then, however, some were skeptical about the real purpose behind the use of Title 42. (There have been more than fifteen hundred attacks, including rapes and kidnappings, against asylum seekers waiting in Mexico under M.P.P. Under Title 42, most migrants don’t even have the opportunity to apply for asylum. Throughout the rest of Trump’s Presidency, other pandemic-inspired restrictions were lifted or adjusted, but Title 42 remained in place. has acknowledged that rapid expulsions under Title 42 have made it more difficult to gather intelligence about the groups.
Eighteen-Year-Olds with AR-15s
       
One might also think that tighter age restrictions on such purchases would be a relatively simple, commonsense law to enact. Increasingly, they are succeeding; a Supreme Court decision expected in the next few weeks will likely make it even easier for them to win. The minimum age applies to purchases, not possession. One question, reading Nelson’s decision, is how the federal minimum age of twenty-one for handgun purchases could survive under his logic. In another case last year, in the Fourth Circuit, Hirschfeld v. Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco & Explosives, a three-judge panel found that the federal minimum is unconstitutional.
Madison Cawthorn’s Icarus Moment
       
When North Carolina voters rejected Madison Cawthorn’s bid for a second term in Congress last week, he seemed to go quietly. “It’s time for the rise of the new right, it’s time for Dark MAGA to truly take command. As for the future of Dark MAGA, Hood was dismissive. “I do not think there is some serious Dark MAGA movement. Seven months ago, in his Republican-leaning district in the mountains of western North Carolina, Cawthorn’s path to reëlection looked smooth.
Prosecutors and Defense Duel in Closing Arguments of Politically Charged Trial
       
But a defense lawyer, Sean M. Berkowitz, portrayed the case as riddled with uncertainties — including about what Mr. Sussmann actually said, whether it was false and whether it mattered if he was there on behalf of clients since the F.B.I. Mr. Joffe brought the suspicions to Mr. Sussmann, who at the time represented the Democratic National Committee on matters related to Russia’s hacking of its emails. A partner at Mr. Sussmann’s law firm, Marc Elias, was the Clinton campaign’s general counsel. Mr. Sussmann and Mr. Joffe tried to get reporters — including Eric Lichtblau, then of The New York Times — to write about the matter, arguments in the trial showed. Mr. Sussmann continued to inform Mr. Elias about those efforts and discussed the matter with an opposition research firm the Clinton campaign had hired through Mr. Elias called Fusion GPS; the firm drafted a paper about Alfa Bank’s Kremlin ties that Mr. Sussmann later gave the F.B.I.
Trump’s Federal Suit Against New York A.G. Is Dismissed
       
In the latest legal blow to Donald J. Trump, a federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit the former president filed that sought to halt the New York attorney general’s civil investigation into his business practices. The ruling, in federal court in Albany, was Mr. Trump’s second defeat related to the investigation in two days. On Thursday, an appellate court ordered Mr. Trump and two of his children to sit for questioning under oath from the office of the state attorney general, Letitia James. Together, the rulings clear the way for Ms. James to complete her investigation in the coming weeks or months. Last month, one of her lawyers indicated that a suit could be coming soon, saying that the office was preparing an “enforcement action” in the near future.
Opinion | Nothing Is Stopping the N.R.A.’s Gun Orgy in Texas
       
scaled back its convention, which took place a few days later nearby in Denver. But that meager concession was made during a different era, when the group and its political handmaidens still feared public backlash. But facts and figures can’t compete with the gut-level craving for a sense of control over one’s surroundings and fate. Plenty of Republican politicians, steeped in gun culture, may sympathize with or even wholeheartedly embrace this delusion. The tragic outcome, the continued failure to rationally address America’s deadly gun crisis, is the same.
The Uvalde Shooting Shows America May Be Broken Beyond Repair - The New York Times
       
Victims of our increasingly frequent mass shootings are collateral damage in a cold civil war, though some Democrats refuse to acknowledge it, let alone fight it. What was once a barely concealed insinuation of violence has morphed, especially since Jan. 6, into an even more forthright menace. The horrifying irony, the hideous ratchet, is that the more America is besieged by senseless violence, the more the paramilitary wing of the American right is strengthened. Republicans responded to the massacre in Uvalde by doubling down on calls to arm teachers and “harden” schools. Trump, a president who lost the popular vote, was able to appoint Supreme Court justices who are poised to help overturn a New York state law restricting the carrying of concealed weapons.
Donald Trump Will Headline NRA Event in Houston 3 Days After Texas School Shooting
       
"It is truly an honor to have President Trump address NRA members for the sixth time," NRA Executive Vice President & CEO Wayne LaPierre said in a statement. "That's why I will keep my longtime commitment to speak in Texas at the NRA Convention and deliver an important address to America. Texas Governor Greg Abbott Texas Gov. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas Credit: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call/GettyThe Uvalde gunman died after the rampage, and it's believed that police killed him. "Aren't you slated to headline a speaking gig for the NRA in three days — in Houston, no less?"
Biden Has a Plan to Unite the Asia-Pacific on Supply Chain and Climate. Just Don't Expect It to Help Your Business
       
President Joe Biden just unveiled a plan to form a new alliance between the U.S. and countries in the Asia-Pacific region, offering a counterpoint to China's growing dominance there. But without also improving access to international markets among member countries, the scope--as well as the economic benefits--of the union may be limited. Along with Japan, a dozen other countries including India, Brunei, Australia, and Singapore are expected to sign on to the pact. Biden noted that other countries could join in the future should they agree to upholding the same standards. Instead, according to the framework, member countries can pick and choose which measures they want to sign on to.
Dave Foley takes us behind-the-scenes of 'Kids in the Hall' breakout sketch 'Doomsday DJ'
       
Kids in the Hall Dave Foley in 'Kids in the Hall' | Credit: Jackie Brown/AmazonFoley talks more about the creating and shooting the "Doomsday DJ" sketches — and whether we'll see his record-spinner again — below. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was the genesis of "Doomsday DJ"? Kids in the Hall 'Kids in the Hall' troupe member Dave Foley says he's surprised by the popularity of his 'Doomsday DJ' sketch | Credit: Jackie Brown/AmazonHow did you hit on "Brand New Key" as the perfect music to use? Kids in the Hall 'Kids in the Hall' comedy troupe member Dave Foley on set for his sketch 'Doomsday DJ' | Credit: Jackie Brown/AmazonThe final sketch ends with the DJ running out of fuel. Watch the first "Doomsday DJ" sketch above and see the season's trailer below.
Don McLean pulls out of 2022 NRA convention after Uvalde shooting
       
Don McLean performs at An Evening With Don McLean at the GRAMMY Museum on March 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Don McLean performs at An Evening With Don McLean at the GRAMMY Museum on March 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. "American Pie" singer Don McLean has pulled out of a slated performance at the National Rifle Association's upcoming convention in Houston. Per a statement from the NRA, "firearms, firearm accessories, knives, and other items WILL NOT BE PERMITTED" at Trump's speech. We must do better," Matthew McConaughey said in a statement on the shooting, which took place in his hometown.
The Good Fight to end with season 6 — and a 'civil war'
       
The Good Fight to end with season 6 — and a 'civil war'The Good Fight type TV Show network genre DramaLooks like we picked the wrong week to stop microdosing. Christine Baranski and Audra McDonald on 'The Good Fight' Christine Baranski and Audra McDonald on 'The Good Fight' | Credit: Elizabeth Fisher/Paramount+We ended last season with that terrifying image of the countless vigilante courts that were popping up around the country. You're never sure whether you're supposed to be thrown by him, or think he's funny, or think he's disturbing, or think, "Okay, that is the way the future is. Andre Braugher as Ri'chard Lane on 'The Good Fight' Andre Braugher as Ri'chard Lane on 'The Good Fight' | Credit: Paramount+When his character was announced, it was said that he is forced on Liz as a name partner. Now that Good Fight is ending with season 6, have you given any thought to a Good Wife/Good Fight cinematic universe?
Democrats Quietly Search for an Alternative to Biden in 2024
       
“And I say, ‘Well, he has!’ ”Relatively few people outside the White House totally buy it. “Is this a real question?” one disbelieving White House aide asked me on a recent evening when I brought up what might happen in 2024. This spring, when the Democratic National Committee’s finance council met quietly in Charleston and both Biden and Harris passed on attending, Buttigieg went. (A recent poll showed that New Jersey residents, who just barely reelected Murphy, think little of his White House prospects.) He joked about it at the recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and in 2019 he told voters it was a valid concern.
Nakazawa, Minus the Sushi
       
At his restaurant, Sushi Nakazawa, the chef has developed a reputation among customers for his sense of humor, and he’s prone to fits of laughter during the game. You know the story: A Bronx restaurateur named Alessandro Borgognone first saw Nakazawa in Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Photo: Tonje ThilesenStill, he understood what his customers wanted: Sushi Nakazawa. Sushi became the de facto status meal for people who could afford to spend $1,000 on dinner, and Sushi Nakazawa showed up in an episode of Billions and expanded into a second location in 2016 — inside Donald Trump’s D.C. hotel. “When I opened Nakazawa, my partner, Alessandro — he did everything,” the chef explains.
The Slippery Slope Ahead As Roe v. Wade Is Challenged
       
I don’t think that’s true,” Traister tells the Cut’s editor-in-chief, Lindsay Peoples. Rebecca: Well, I think the roots of it are really, really deep. White supremacy benefits white women. I remember focus groups after the 2016 election with white women from the Midwest who voted for Trump who were told afterward. Lindsay: We really, really, really appreciate it.
President Mike Pence Would Be Worse Than Trump
       
But even the remote prospect of a President Mike Pence should be feared as much as any Trump redux, if not more so. What Trump ultimately did, in most circumstances, was what any Republican president in the late 2010s would have done. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid would disappear unless Congress voted to reauthorize them. Democrats should ultimately hope Trump, and not Pence, claims the Republican nomination in 2024 because Trump is more beatable. If Mike Pence is campaigning against Biden, he will not make gaffes, slander allies, or take to social media to broadcast inanities.
2022 Midterms: A Guide to the Races Worth Watching
       
Primary Date: May 3The Republican Primary: J.D. The Democratic Primary: Congressman and former 2020 presidential candidate Tim Ryan easiy won the Democratic nomination. Primary Date: May 17The Republican Primary: Senator Pat Toomey’s retirement sparked a highly competitive, multi-candidate GOP primary to succeed him. Primary Date: June 28The Republican Primary: Oklahoma voters get to choose two Senate nominees this year. Primary Date: August 9The Republican Primary: Two-term incumbent Senator Ron Johnson is a conspiracy theory-spouting conservative who seems perpetually in political trouble.
Is Trump Really a Republican Kingmaker?
       
It’s a rare 2022 Republican primary in which Trump’s support or opposition is not an issue of discussion in the media or among party leaders and activists. He has endorsed 16 gubernatorial candidates, 17 Senate candidates, 110 House candidates, 20 non-gubernatorial statewide elected officials, and even 18 state legislators and three local elected officials. Trump’s success in making himself the face of the 2022 Republican comeback will, of course, depend on what happens in November. At least three of his endorsed Senate candidates (four if Oz prevails in the Pennsylvania recount) are already Republican nominees in top November battlegrounds. Georgia’s primaries presented multiple danger signs for Trump’s 2022 strategy of aligning himself with winners, intimidating his enemies, and remaining the center of attention.
It’s Fraud Time in Republican Primary for Michigan Governor
       
Photo-Illustration: IntelligencerThe GOP’s efforts to unseat Michigan’s Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, ran into some trouble on Tuesday when the state’s elections bureau determined that five of the ten Republican candidates had faked the signatures necessary for them to appear on the ballot. Because of the bogus ink, half of the field could now be ineligible for the August 2 primary. There was quite a bit of fraud, according to the Michigan Bureau of Elections. In total, for the governor’s race and other down-ballot contests, an estimated 68,000 invalid signatures were submitted. The report found that Craig submitted over 11,000 invalid signatures and Johnson submitted over 9,300 invalid signatures; with the forgeries cut out, both failed to reach the required 15,000 signatures to appear on the ballot.
The Devil Went Down to Georgia and Lost
       
Photo-Illustration: Intelligencer; Photos: Getty ImagesDonald Trump invested very heavily in a show of force in Georgia’s 2022 Republican primary, endorsing 13 candidates, some of them handpicked. Kemp emphatically beat Trump’s candidate, former senator David Perdue, winning nearly three-fourths of the vote, well above his performance in any poll. The enmity between Trump and Kemp goes back a ways, well before the governor’s refusal to help overturn the 2020 election. And even if Georgia Republican leaders unite behind their ticket, there’s no guarantee their ex-presidential leader will lift a finger to help Kemp and Raffensperger (who will have his own tough general-election fight). After this primary setback in Georgia, he’d better get his mojo back soon or his party leadership will be seriously in question.
Trump Dumped Mo Brooks. He Made the Senate Runoff Anyway.
       
Photo-Illustration: Intelligencer; Photo: Vasha Hunt/AP/ShutterstockThe U.S. Senate candidacy of the man who calls himself “MAGA Mo” Brooks looked cooked in late March when his idol, Donald Trump, withdrew his endorsement. Reportedly disgruntled with Brooks’s poorly run campaign and charmed by rival Katie Britt, Trump contrived a ridiculous excuse for dumping the veteran reactionary. But Trump declared Brooks “woke” because he told an Alabama audience, seven months into Biden’s presidency, that it was time for them to move on from 2020 election conspiracies. But Durant has indicated he will support Brooks in the runoff, and Britt’s background could help Brooks attack her as a sort of Sweetheart of the Swamp. It’s unclear where Trump is placing his bets in the Alabama race now that he has no official endorsee.
The NRA Will Still Hold Its Conference in Texas This Weekend
       
Despite pleas from politicians like Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke to cancel the conference, scheduled for May 27 through May 29, it appears to be proceeding as scheduled. Some of this weekend’s high-profile speakers are expected to include Donald Trump and Texas senator Ted Cruz. Texas governor Greg Abbott had been scheduled to speak in person but canceled his appearance late Thursday night. He will be visiting Uvalde instead and has provided a prerecorded video that will be shown at the conference. Governor Abbott, if you have any decency, you will immediately withdraw from this weekend’s NRA convention and urge them to hold it anywhere but Texas.
Will Trump Ruin Georgia Republicans Out of Spite?
       
Photos: Jamie Squire/Getty Images; Erik S. Lesser/EPA-EFEThree days after the smoke cleared from Georgia’s 2022 Republican primary, Donald Trump has a problem. Yes, there were some silver linings in the Georgia results for Trump. His Senate candidate Herschel Walker won easily, not that there was a shred of doubt about it going in. Luckily for Republicans, Trump now has over five months to get over his pique. But time certainly hasn’t helped the 45th president forget about the (perceived) injustice he suffered at the hands of Georgia voters in 2020.
For Trump and Other NRA Speakers, the Answer to Uvalde Was More Guns
       
Donald Trump reads the names of the victims of the Uvalde mass shooting during the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual convention on May 27 in Houston. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty ImagesThe deadly mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas transfixed the nation this week. Even in a country that has become inured to this kind of violence, the horrifying details stood out. The United States long ago reached a point where the same notes are sounded in the aftermath of every big mass shooting. The last place that tune would change is an NRA convention, where the cause of gun violence is always something other than guns, and the solution to gun violence is always more guns.
We Already Turned Schools Into Fortresses
       
Law-enforcement departments prepared to transform schools into fortresses at a moment’s notice. This drive to reshape schools so they are less vulnerable to mass shootings has spawned an industry of design consultants, technology companies, and security professionals. School hardening is the latest and most tragically American development in the discipline of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. Before Columbine, school security focused more on preventing petty vandalism and drug use. A school’s design, no matter how “hardened,” can only mitigate so much harm once the shooting starts.
Mark Meadows Burned Docs After Meeting With Republican Working to Overturn Election, Ex-Aide Tells Jan. 6 Panel
       
In the weeks after the 2020 election, then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows met with Rep. Scott Perry, a Pennsylvania Republican who was trying to get the election results overturned. According to a deposition from last November, Clark drafted a letter addressed to Georgia’s governor and state leaders about election results there, and how to get them overturned. A transcript of the deposition hearing suggests that the White House Communications Agency was involved with drafting the letter. White House staff would regularly find torn up wads of paper clogging Trump’s toilet, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman wrote in her book Confidence Man. Earlier this year, boxes of White House documents were found at Mar-a-Lago, with the National Archives saying some of the contents were marked as classified.
Trump, Trump Jr., and Ivanka Have to Testify Under Oath, Court Rules
       
Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Ivanka Trump are going to have to testify under oath. James’ office has been investigating potentially fraudulent financial practices by Trump and the Trump Organization. The Associated Press notes that anything Trump says in a deposition for James’ investigation, which is civil, can be used in the Manhattan district attorney’s criminal investigation. Engoron ruled last month that they were indeed in contempt, ordering Trump to pay $10,000 a day until he complies with the subpoena. “A court has once again ruled in our favor and ordered Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Ivanka Trump to appear before my office to testify under oath,” she tweeted on Thursday.
Herschel Walker’s Response to the Uvalde Shooting Was Incoherent. So Is His Senate Bid
       
What we need to do is look into how we can stop those things … What about getting a department that’s looking at young men, that’s looking at young women, that’s looking at social media.”Herschel Walker's solution to school shootings involves "a department that can look at young men that's looking at women that's looking at social media." Here’s a brief list of the warning signs that Walker could be a disaster should he wind up in Congress. Walker’s most ridiculous lie, however, may be that Trump has never claimed the 2020 election was stolen. According to Herschel Walker, Trump has never said the election was stolen. “Herschel Walker is ignoring the Georgia voters and ignoring us,” Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said during one of them in May.
SF Giants Manager to Skip National Anthem at Games After Uvalde Massacre
       
San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler felt “like a coward” for not taking a knee as Metallica performed the national anthem at Oracle Park Wednesday, mere minutes after a gunman killed 19 children and two adults in Uvalde, Texas. “But we weren’t given bravery, and we aren’t free.”Kapler explained that he wished he would’ve said something or made some sort of symbol of disagreement during that national anthem, but didn’t want to be misunderstood as offensive to others. I felt like a coward.”Kapler ended his post, writing, “I am not okay with the state of this country. Kapler is no stranger to protesting during pre-game national anthem performances. “But any time I witness a player kneeling during the National Anthem, a sign of great disrespect for our Country and our Flag, the game is over for me!”
Trump Does a Little Dance at NRA Gun Celebration Days After Uvalde Massacre
       
The NRA played a recording of a bell clanging as the former president strained to pronounce the names of the victims. Trump echoed Republican lawmakers and conservative pundits by bashing Democrats for “virtue cycling” in the wake the massacre, blaming the shooting on everything but guns, and proposing a series of impractical solutions to the epidemic of mass shootings in America. Trump did propose ensuring classroom doors are lockable from the inside as a way to cut down on school shootings. “There is no sign more inviting to a mass killer than a sign that declares a gun free zone,” he said, to more applause. A speech where Trump read the names of the victims ends like this pic.twitter.com/fQZxrB9OiI — Acyn (@Acyn) May 27, 2022At least “Macho Man” wasn’t playing.
As Grieving Parkland Families Waited for Trump, He Ranted About How to ‘Stick It to the Mexicans’
       
“Why the fuck are we giving them $5 billion?” Trump exclaimed, as Taylor elaborated on Wednesday. Earlier in 2018, Trump met with families of those claimed in the Santa Fe High School shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. Parkland, like other school shootings and gun rampages, never earned the Republican Party’s committed attention. The most recent high-profile school shooting happened Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas, where an 18-year-old entered an elementary school with a high-powered rifle and murdered 19 students and two adults. Three days after the shooting, the NRA is holding its annual meeting in Houston, Texas, where Trump, Gov.
Kellyanne Conway Toggles Between the West Wing and the Home Front
       
HERE’S THE DEAL: A Memoir, by Kellyanne ConwayCan this marriage be saved? That was the name of a long-running couple’s counseling column in the defunct magazine Ladies’ Home Journal, a onetime client of Kellyanne Conway’s. And it’s a question that hovers over Conway’s new memoir, “Here’s the Deal,” its title seeming to assure the kind of straight dope that her former boss Donald J. Trump’s ghostwritten chest-thumper, “The Art of the Deal” (1987), did not deliver. There is some of that, but also familiarly dizzying spin. They were blessed by Pope John Paul II on their honeymoon and later with four children, including fraternal twins.
Iran seizes 2 Greek tankers in Persian Gulf as tensions rise
       
Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard seized two Greek oil tankers Friday in helicopter-launched raids in the Persian Gulf, officials said. Greece’s Foreign Ministry said it made a strong demarche to the Iranian ambassador in Athens over the “violent taking over of two Greek-flagged ships” in the Persian Gulf. An Iranian helicopter landed on the Greek-flagged Delta Poseidon in international waters, some 22 nautical miles off the coast of Iran, the ministry said. “A similar incident has been reported on another Greek-flagged vessel, that was carrying seven Greek citizens, close to the coast of Iran,” the ministry said. Tanker seizures have been a part of it since 2019, when Iran seized the British-flagged Stena Impero after the United Kingdom detained an Iranian oil tanker off Gibraltar.
'Full court press': From Davos, India commands the attention of global investors
       
Leaving aside the bloviating at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the event often does at least reflect what’s going on in the world of politics and markets. Magazines "India Davos 2022" are seen at the India Lounge during the World Economic Forum 2022 (WEF) in the Alpine resort of Davos, Switzerland May 25, 2022. Story continuesTemporary offices of several regions of India are seen on Promenade street during the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos Switzerland, May 22, 2022. Troublesome because India hasn’t condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine or imposed sanctions, raising the ire of the U.S. and Europe. But India had been looking to wean itself from the Russian war machine (such as it is), even before the Ukraine invasion.
The West has declared 'total war' on Russia, says Lavrov
       
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said she was disappointed but not surprised. "We have been circulating a draft of this resolution for nine weeks. In that time, the countries vetoing this resolution have refused to engage on the text, despite our commitment to inclusivity and flexibility during consultations. the resolution banned oil and tobacco exports to North Korea. "“As history has shown us, the paradigm of sanctions has still not been able to guarantee security in the region or resolve issues of missile and nuclear nonproliferation.
Uvalde wasn't 'unimaginable.' In this country, it was predictable
       
By the time you read this, will another “unimaginable” mass shooting be the object of our outrage? A mass shooting is an “unimaginable” tragedy, perhaps, only because there’s no need to imagine them happening. Speaking of “unimaginable,” I wrote an op-ed piece taking issue with that word being thrown around by people empowered to do something about gun violence in this country. AdvertisementNational suicide plays out one murderous mass shooting at a time. After all, today’s college graduates might get relief, but what about next year’s grads, and those in the years and decades to come?” L.A. Times
Bidens to visit Uvalde, NRA convention, Indianapolis 500: 5 things to know this weekend
       
The White House said the Bidens would "grieve with the community that lost 21 lives in the horrific" shooting. Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the president would meet with the community and religious leaders and victims' families. Biden called on lawmakers to "stand up to the gun lobby" in remarks Tuesday following the shooting. As Texas grieves, NRA convention continues in HoustonThe National Rifle Association continues its annual convention this weekend in Houston, days after a school shooting across the state in Uvalde, Texas, left 19 children and 2 adults dead. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden traveled to Buffalo to visit with families and lay flowers at a memorial on May 17.
Trump’s Primary Losses Puncture His Invincibility
       
Most of Mr. Trump’s advisers believe he should wait until after the midterm elections to announce a candidacy. Yet the sense among Republicans that Mr. Trump has lost political altitude is taking hold, including among some of those close to him. Some Republican strategists have fixated on the fact that so many of Mr. Trump’s endorsees have landed about one-third of the vote — big winners (J.D. One-third of the party is at once an unmatched base of unbending loyalists — and yet a cohort far from a majority. Notably, Mr. Trump’s share of what is raised overall among all Republicans online has also declined.
Judge dismisses Trump federal lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James over her probe of business
       
Former U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during a press conference announcing a class action lawsuit against big tech companies at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 07, 2021 in Bedminster, New Jersey. Michael M. Santiago | Getty ImagesA judge on Friday dismissed a federal lawsuit by former President Donald Trump that sought to bar a civil investigation of his business by New York Attorney General Letitia James. James, in a Twitter post Friday, called the latest ruling in her favor "a big victory." "Frivolous lawsuits won't stop us from completing our lawful, legitimate investigation," James tweeted. Trump and his company, the Trump Organization in December sued James in federal court in the Northern District of New York.
Rep. Madison Cawthorn discloses 2021 'Let's Go Brandon' cryptocurrency purchase days after ethics probe announced
       
Rep. Madison Cawthorn on Friday belatedly disclosed suspected cryptocurrency transactions that earlier this month led the House Ethics Committee to open an investigation into the North Carolina Republican's possible promotion of an asset he secretly owned. Cawthorn, 26, revealed Friday that he bought between $100,000 and $250,000 worth of "Let's Go Brandon" cryptocurrency on Dec. 21. The same filing Friday disclosed that the first-term congressman sold between $100,000 and $250,000 of the "Let's Go Brandon" coin on Dec. 31. That sale potentially recouped at least what he had paid for the virtual currency before its dollar price exploded. The value of the Let's Go Brandon coin collapsed in early January after NASCAR rejected its sponsorship deal with the driver Brandon Brown.
During a global pandemic is the wrong time to review WHO funding, Global Citizen CEO says
       
The organizer of "One World: Together At Home," an unprecedented star-studded global broadcast to support the WHO's response to the coronavirus pandemic, has told CNBC that it's not a "wise idea" to stop funding the public health agency. Hugh Evans is co-founder and CEO of Global Citizen, the international advocacy organization collaborating with Lady Gaga, the UN and the World Health Organization on the ground-breaking virtual concert. "Do I think it's a wise idea to halt funding to the WHO? On Tuesday, Trump said the U.S. will suspend funding to the World Health Organization while it reviews the agency's response to the virus. The WHO responded by saying the move would not be appropriate during the global coronavirus pandemic.
NRA speakers unshaken on gun rights after school massacre
       
Once among the most powerful political organizations in the country, the NRA has seen its influence wane following a significant drop in political spending. According to a district safety plan, Uvalde schools have a wide range of safety measures in place. Kristi Noem, another potential presidential contender, said calls to further restrict gun access are “all about control and it is garbage. Outside the convention hall, protesters gathered in a park where police set up metal barriers — some holding crosses with photos of the Uvalde shooting victims. Samuel Thornburg, 43, a maintenance worker for Southwest Airlines in Houston who was attending the NRA meeting, said: “Guns are not evil.
Bridge: May 28, 2022
       
At four spades, South took the ace of hearts and thought he could safely lead a trump. Dummy then had only one trump left, and though South could ruff a diamond in dummy, he lost a heart. West overruffs with the jack and takes the A-K, but dummy still has a trump for South to ruff his third heart. DAILY QUESTIONYou hold: S 8 7 5 4 H A K 8 D A C A J 9 7 3. ANSWER: You can make a grand slam if partner has a suitable minimum such as A 2, Q J 9 6 4, 8 7 6, K Q 2, and he may have a better hand than that.
Trump perfect political storm brewing in Massachusetts
       
The perfect Donald Trump storm is brewing in Massachusetts — an unabashed conservative taking on the Democratic power structure, a liberal candidate and the left-wing media. So it’s no surprise Trump is considering making an appearance for gubernatorial candidate Geoff Diehl’s campaign. Democratic front-runner Attorney General Maura Healey is the perfect Trump foil — she has sued the former president dozens of times and at times seemed obsessed by him. Healey has tried to hang the Trump label on Diehl and he seems perfectly willing to embrace it. Trump would no doubt relish coming into the home state of his frequent verbal sparring partner, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Police response to Texas massacre under scrutiny as details remain murky
       
By Brad Brooks and Gabriella BorterUVALDE, Texas – The police response to Tuesday’s Texas school massacre was under increasing scrutiny on Friday, a day after authorities acknowledged that more than an hour passed after the gunman entered the building and killed 19 children and two teachers inside their classroom while barricading himself inside. President Joe Biden, a Democrat who has urged Congress to approve new gun restrictions, will visit Uvalde on Sunday. Instead, Ramos scaled a fence and entered through an unlocked door around 11:40 a.m. (1640 GMT), 12 minutes after the crash. Two responding officers entered the school four minutes later but took cover after Ramos fired multiple rounds at them, Escalon said. “I just want the people to know I’m sorry, man, (for) what my son did,” the elder Ramos told the site.
Know Your Enemy: The Right Kind of Worker, with Gabriel Winant
       
Know Your Enemy: The Right Kind of Worker, with Gabriel Winant Know Your Enemy: The Right Kind of Worker, with Gabriel Winant Gabriel Winant joins the podcast to discuss what the populist right gets wrong about the history of the American working class. Members of the United Steelworkers of America Local 8888 on strike (Wisconsin Historical Society)Know Your Enemy is a podcast about the American right co-hosted by Matthew Sitman and Sam Adler-Bell. According to the populist right, the culture war is itself a class war, waged on behalf of real workers against a secular, libertine professional elite who control the commanding heights of the economy, government, and media. Labor historian and essayist Gabriel Winant joins Matt and Sam to answer that question. Sources and further reading:Gabriel Winant, We Live in a Society, n+1Sohrab Ahmari, How America Kneecapped Its Unions, CompactJulius Krein, The Real Class War, American AffairsAlexander Riley, Labor Betrayed by the Progressive Left, ChroniclesLandon R.Y.
Insecurity Policy
       
Insecurity Policy Insecurity Policy American rhetoric during the first Cold War relied on an idealized image of U.S. institutions. If we were to reduce the first Cold War to its core features, they could be these:1. There are unmistakable similarities between global affairs in 2022 and those of the Cold War. Still, the differences are significant enough that we should not assume that a new Cold War would be just like the last one. He is the author of Neither Peace nor Freedom: The Cultural Cold War in Latin America.
The Authoritarian Danger at Home
       
The Authoritarian Danger at Home The Authoritarian Danger at Home Anti-China politics are providing cover for xenophobic and anti-democratic forces in the United States. In justifying the need for “strategic competition” with China, both Democrats and Republicans rely on the argument that China is an authoritarian threat to democracy that must be stopped. These trends make it easier to inflate narratives of foreign and domestic threats and increase the appeal of authoritarian visions of national unity. For Democrats, the embrace of anti-China politics represents an adaptation to political weakness in a climate of rising nationalism that provides the authoritarian right with a path to power. He is a leading progressive strategist regarding the U.S.–China relationship and the rise of Sinophobia in the United States.
Coexistence or Carnage
       
Coexistence or Carnage Coexistence or Carnage If the conflicts of interest are real, and the stakes are felt to be high enough, then war between the United States and China is a real possibility, and our foreign policy must be oriented toward avoiding it. There will be coexistence, or there will be carnage. Since the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia,” the United States has signaled that China is its top foreign policy priority. By the same token, it will be critical to identify the places where the United States and China have genuine interests in common. Work on mutual interests can signal that the United States doesn’t want war and create more favorable conditions for diplomacy on the difficult questions.
NC Lt. Gov. to Keynote NRA Prayer Breakfast in Houston This Weekend
       
But given his literally breathtaking support for gun rights, he and his fellow NRA attendees will do little to protect the children from future school shootings. Open Secrets notes that between 1990 and 2020, the gun control advocates spent $25.4 million lobbying Congress. Gun rights groups spent $171.9 million. Similarly, during the same period, gun control advocates spent $33.4 million in campaign contributions, while gun rights groups donated $54.4 million in campaign contributions. Cruz has accepted more money from gun rights groups—$442,343—than any other member of US Congress.
Most Price Increases from Inflation Have Gone to Corporate Profits
       
I have to admit that I previously understated the persistence of the price increases that started showing up last fall. Most of these price increases have gone to profits, not to labor. All this takes more time to explain than sensationalist stories about gas prices. There is clearly need for more social spending to help those being hit the hardest by such price increases. The economy’s inflation problem is being misdiagnosed and mistreated.
Joe Biden Has Botched the Summit of the Americas
       
But Haiti has not been blacklisted from the Americas summit. Nor, of course, has Colombia, one of the United States’ closest allies, despite its historical and ongoing abysmal human rights record. What this episode has illustrated, however, is that many Latin American leaders are increasingly discouraged by the Biden administration. This diplomatic spat also demonstrates once again that when Latin American countries make collective demands, they can make very concrete gains. Beyond the issue of who attends the Summit of the Americas and who doesn’t, the Biden administration may find that Latin America’s latest realignment with the United States is already on the wane.
Biden Is Aiming to Destroy a Historic Climate Change Lawsuit
       
Any day now, a federal circuit court is expected to deliver a ruling that would allow a historic climate change lawsuit to proceed to trial. But the Juliana case stands out even among climate litigation: It has faced six rulings on the shadow docket — more than any other federal lawsuit. For example, President Ronald Reagan’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued two reports on global warming caused by burning fossil fuels. That report attributed most of the warming to burning fossil fuels and suggested ending coal use by the year 2000. “Until Biden, every Democratic administration — not to mention the Republican ones — was enthusiastic about fossil fuels,” Speth told us.
The European Union Was Designed to Stifle Democracy
       
However, the appreciation of the European Union from much of the Left has been ambivalent, confused, and ultimately self-destructive. Europe in the West is the latest book of essays by Perry Anderson about Britain, Europe, and the United States. is a devastating criticism of the ruling liberal hegemony in European society: a chauvinistic worldview with an almost cultic belief in the rights of the powerful and a disdain for democracy. Actions that had no license in European treaties and rules promoted the advance of European integration. Van Middelaar’s account of the 2014 Ukrainian crisis should make the leaders of the European liberal right blush.
6 Ways to Fight for Abortion Rights After “Roe”
       
First, we need to bolster abortion rights and access wherever possible, and that means winning elections wherever possible. and should shift its focus to shoring up blue states and providing actual services, such as organizing travel from abortion-ban states. What about blue states setting up bus services to bring red-state patients to clinics? Stand with your friends outside your local crisis pregnancy center, aka fake abortion clinic, and politely hand out leaflets telling people what the place really does. Smith College professor Carrie N. Baker, who studies the abortion pill, suggests you spread information about abortion pills and how to get them safely.
The Latest Act in New York’s Redistricting Circus Is a Killer
       
For more from The Nation, check out our latest issueSubscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Both Maloney and Nadler first won election in 1992; Nadler chairs the House Judiciary Committee and Maloney chairs the House Oversight Committee. De Blasio’s most formidable opponent may be a 35-year-old who lives nowhere near New York City. The special master did possibly eliminate one area of competitiveness in New York City. In turn, New York City will be sending a Trump Republican to Congress for at least the next two years and perhaps much longer.
Waging Proxy War in Ukraine Won’t Save Us From Ourselves
       
Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! For more from The Nation, check out our latest issueSubscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Congressional Republicans were overwhelming, and Democrats unanimous, in voting for a $40 billion war-assistance package to be sent to Ukraine. We are risking a world war in the belief that only a world war can repair our broken democracy. If we could decide “who we are as a people,” we might go some way to reduce the terrible destruction of another war.
The meatpacking industry’s conspiracy to keep plants open during COVID-19
       
Would Sullivan like to discuss the possibility of getting President Donald Trump to sign an executive order to keep meatpacking plants open? The effect that the meatpacking plant outbreaks had on the early spread of COVID-19 is staggering. ProPublica and other news outlets tracked cases and deaths involving meatpacking workers. In the days leading up to the executive order, meatpacking industry representatives were in constant communication with the White House and USDA, the subcommittee records show. Thousands of meatpacking workers would continue to crowd into processing plants, risking contracting the virus and bringing it home to their families.
OSHA inspects less than one-half of 1% of firms yearly
       
As a result, OSHA cited firms only 300 times from late 2017 through Sept. 30, 2019, for failing to file the summary reports and cited firms 110 times from then through April 15, 2022. The agency also had an uneven performance in issuing an emergency temporary standard (ETS) to force firms to protect workers against the virus. The first loss was when the Republican Trump administration’s OSHA opposed an NNU-AFL-CIO suit to force OSHA to issue an ETS covering health care workers. In late 2021, Democratic President Joe Biden’s OSHA issued an ETS covering all firms nationwide with 100 workers or more. OSHA is now working on an overall standard to order all firms to protect workers against all air-borne respiratory diseases, agency Administrator Douglas Parker testified.
Republican plant runs for D.C. city council on Democratic ticket
       
Political unknown Salah Czapary somehow scored the quick endorsement of the Washington Post in D.C.'s Ward 1 city council race. He also was featured recently on the reactionary pro-Thin Blue Line podcast “Policing Matters” discussing his vision for “improved community safety” in Washington, D.C. It is curious that the Washington Post endorsed the “unknown” Salah Czapary so quickly. Is it because the Post wants D.C. city politics to shift to the right? She has supported some progressive issues around homeless encampments, voting rights for non-citizen residents of D.C., and cops out of D.C. schools.
A plot to destroy U.S. democracy is centered in statehouses
       
Pennsylvania Republican state legislator, Doug Mastriano, as he appeaed with MAGA supporters the night he won the Republican primary election. A look at the recent past serves as prologue to where GOP state legislators are going today. He has admitted that he is backing candidates all over the country who want state legislators to be able to name electors. Trump was saying that state legislators, not the courts or Congress, were the key to dismantling democracy in America. Texas is one state where a new law gives state legislators the power to reverse the popular vote in presidential elections.
Texas Dem runoff pits progressive Cisneros vs establishment-backed Cuellar
       
AP Photo/Eric GaySAN ANTONIO—Once again, this time in a Texas Democratic primary runoff, the party’s progressive wing has rallied around an insurgent candidate, pro-migrant, pro-worker lawyer Jessica Cisneros. Cisneros supports the Protect The Right To Organize (PRO) Act and garnered the endorsement of the Texas AFL-CIO. Cuellar supports former Republican Oval Office occupant Donald Trump’s “Title 42” policy which keeps potential migrants, even those seeking asylum, in Mexico until their cases can be heard here—a process than can take months or years. He doesn’t, even though Texas, including their 28th District in South Texas, leads the nation in percentage of people who are uninsured. Cisneros and Cuellar also have a history in the district, which stretches from southern San Antonio down through Laredo and beyond.
Canceling student debt would cost less than Trump’s tax cuts for the rich
       
American University student Magnolia Mead puts up posters near the White House promoting student loan debt forgiveness, Friday, April 29, 2022, in Washington. Like 45 million other Americans who did the same, I owe student loan debt. My loan is just a tiny fraction of the national student loan debt. Even writing off every penny of student debt would cost less than Trump’s tax cuts for corporations and the rich. And, importantly, student debt forgiveness has broad public support, including among people without a college degree and without student loan debt, as well as young people.
U.S. war against Russia threatens world peace
       
| Olivier Matthys / APThe U.S. has become more open about its intent to use the war in Ukraine as part of a long-term war against Russia, a war aimed at significantly weakening that country. The actions taken to prepare for a long-term war against Russia coincide with the total jettisoning of peace talks. The talks between Ukraine and Russia were essentially shut down, as the U.S. promised the weapons Ukraine said it needed to win the war outright. As the war continues, the danger of more escalation increases, with the ultimate horror of nuclear war becoming more and more possible. Democracy and just about everything else can be lost if the U.S. doesn’t stop conducting its long-term war against Russia.
Labor-backed candidates, not self-declared leftists, propel progress in California
       
Unlike many states where regressive legislators are limiting absentee and mail-in ballots to suppress the vote, California mails a printed ballot to every registered voter. It can be highly destructive in cases where the more liberal candidate, whatever their flaws, is running a tight race. It should be kept in mind that the “Left Unity” types have never pulled out large numbers of voters of color. Superintendent of Public InstructionThe incumbent Tony Thurmond has all the standard endorsements: California Teachers Association, the Democratic Party, Equality California. 2, the California Labor Fed and L.A. Progressive both endorse Michela Alioto-Pier and Sally Lieber (who also gets the Equality California nod).
Children, teachers shot dead in Texas at yet another mass shooting
       
“Why are we willing to live with this carnage?” an upset Biden, a longtime senatorial crusader for gun control, asked. All of those groups denounced the murders, mourned the victims and recommitted themselves to the gun control cause. “Gun violence is a cancer, and it’s one that none of us should tolerate for one single moment longer. That’s the part that’s so frustrating.”Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who has made gun control a crusade ever since Newtown, is still trying to talk ten of the Senate’s 50 Republicans into backing gun control legislation. Pro-gun GOP Sen. Ted Cruz reiterated his stand after the Uvalde massacre, but withdrew from a speaking commitment to the NRA.
NRA convenes in Texas as gun stocks soar on Wall Street
       
Meanwhile on Wall Street, the country’s biggest gun and ammunition manufacturers are also having a party—because their stock prices are swelling. Once a mass shooting occurs, there is inevitably talk of stricter gun control legislation. And in the state legislatures they control, Republicans typically weaken existing gun laws after a mass shooting. It is a mutually beneficial relationship that ties the gun industry, the gun lobby, and the Republican Party together. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who introduced her own far-reaching but similarly doomed gun control package in 2019, expressed the frustration of the moment after Uvalde.
Reseal the Deal with Iran
       
It could be make or break time for the Iran nuclear deal. The Biden administration’s talks with Iran to revive the deal have since progressed impressively, but now they have stalled again. While Iran has gradually enriched uranium to higher levels since Trump abrogated the deal, it has made no attempt to acquire nuclear weapons. To repeat, Iran has, to date, not moved toward acquiring nuclear weapons. A separate agreement between Iran and the UN’'s nuclear watchdog agency, allowing UN inspection of Iran’s nuclear sites, is scheduled to expire around June 6.
‘Why does this only happen in your country?’
       
The massacre inside Robb Elementary in nearby Uvalde, Texas, has already cost the NRA its top billing musician, Don McLean. It has more to do with the ideology of what might be called the creed of gun rights. White power groups are a part of the United States’ pro-gun coalition. He also ran a failed campaign for governor, trying to outflank Governor Greg Abbott from the right on the issue of gun rights. Now a group of board members led by a Kansas state judge, Phil Journey, are backing West to replace LaPierre.
What Was Really Said In the Missing Minutes of the Watergate Tapes?
       
Connie wants to do the right thing but is anxious to avoid any consequences for revealing the top-secret tape. So the whistleblower tries to surreptitiously leak the reel to Paul (John Magaro), whom she believes to be a reporter. But having grown up during the Watergate era, I don’t buy the Republican rhetoric that the Grand Old Party used to stand for smaller government and individual rights. The Watergate burglary was part of Nixon’s coordinated covert campaign of dirty tricks— including Donald Segretti and the “ratfuckers”—aimed at winning re-election by any means necessary. As we come up on the half-century anniversary of the Watergate break-in, 18½ is a droll reminder of the White House scandal which left the nation reeling.
Bernie Sanders Shows Up to Stop Progressives From Slipping Further in South Texas
       
As runoff elections approach Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders joined other high-profile politicians in San Antonio in endorsing Laredo-native Jessica Cisneros in the Democratic primary in Texas’ District 28. We are fighting for the futures and dreams of the people of South Texas & its all hands on deck! — Jessica Cisneros (@JCisnerosTX) May 18, 2022Senator Sanders railed against income inequality and the billionaire class at the rally. Sanders and Cisneros took different tacts when trying to appeal to the crowd. “We need representatives in Congress that are from the working class that knows the pain people are experiencing and are prepared to go to Washington and fight for the working class.
Texas’ ‘Anti-Censorship’ Law Censors Social Media. What If It Goes Into Effect?
       
It’s only social media with 50 million users or more—so it doesn’t reach conservative social media platforms like Parler. All these social media platforms have terms of service you have to abide by. What they can’t do is tell a social media platform what they want to carry and what they want to exclude. There’s a lot of history here with social media platforms previously being accused of being too wide open. But his video goes to the heart of this argument about social media being allowed to regulate users.
How sanctions became Biden’s weapon of choice against Russia
       
A small group of experts, mostly lawyers and some economists, have crafted Biden’s Russia sanctions, which have now gone further and are more sweeping than any previous administration’s. Biden’s sanctions team are technocrats who’ve been profiled in the press and praised for their quick, multilateral approach. In the worst-case scenario, the West’s Russia sanctions could contribute to widespread unrest. How Biden’s sanctions team thinksEven sanctions experts recognize that sanctions are overused. Another former Treasury official told me it read exactly like the think tank reports that Biden’s sanctions team had written during the Trump years.
Ron DeSantis is following a trail blazed by a Hungarian authoritarian
       
(Relatedly, both Orbán and DeSantis have taken aim at curricula and textbooks used in K-12 schools on expressly political-cultural grounds.) Predictably, the Florida bill provoked a backlash from corporate America — which DeSantis used as a justification to engage in even more Orbán-like behavior. After Disney put out a statement criticizing the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, DeSantis moved to strip the corporation of its special tax status in a 40-square-mile area around Disney World. Conservatives believe state power can and should be wielded to prevent professors from “indoctrinating” students into a left-wing worldview (which doesn’t actually happen). Broadly speaking, both Orbán and DeSantis characterize themselves as standing for ordinary citizens against a corrupt and immoral left-wing cosmopolitan elite.
The European country where “replacement theory” reigns supreme
       
She asked Kiss directly whether his government’s embrace of replacement theory bothered him. How Orbán turned the “Great Replacement” into governing ideologyIn the United States, replacement theory has been popular with the racist fringe — people like the Buffalo shooter and Charlottesville, Virginia, marchers — for decades. During the 2022 French presidential election, Valérie Pécresse — the candidate of the center-right Republican party — used the term “Great Replacement” in a campaign speech railing against immigration. “Childbearing is a private matter, but also a very public one.”Replacement theory, from Budapest to WashingtonIt’s unclear how much Orbán actually believes his “Great Replacement” theorizing. 3 ranking Republican in the House, has shown no contrition for her past comments endorsing replacement theory.
How conspiracy theories went mainstream
       
“Sandy Hook was a foundational moment in the world of misinformation and disinformation that we now live in,” Williamson says. In 2012, when Sandy Hook happened, the “Gangnam Style” video that Noah Pozner liked so much had 1 billion views. What do you think drove the Sandy Hook conspiracy theorists? When Lenny had the confrontation with the Sandy Hook Hoax group, some of the moms DMed him on the side, and they went on to found a group, Conspiracy Theorists Anonymous. What’s the connection between the lies and conspiracy theories that lead people to deny that Sandy Hook happened, and the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6?
Revisiting the Christian fantasy novels that shaped decades of conservative hysteria
       
But his novels, with their thorough version of an embattled but entirely righteous Christian culture, are an early articulation of what has become the reigning modern evangelical conspiracy theory. But both books are enjoyably trashy in a way Christian fiction rarely allows itself to get. So the plots you both mention in the Darkness books seemed natural and correct to me, and the images they painted were so vivid. The only way Christian couples seem to function is by enthusiastically being in the God fandom together. But I’m more interested in the books’ other depictions of race, which are within evangelical Christian spaces.
4 things we know, and one big thing we don’t, on the draft opinion overruling Roe v. Wade
       
And justices do sometimes change their mind after a draft opinion is circulated. That said, the Court has given every outward sign that it intends to overrule Roe v. Wade. It is exceedingly likely, in other words, that there are five votes on this Supreme Court to overrule Roe. There’s only one more frontier left for abortion opponents to cross: a Supreme Court decision explicitly overruling Roe. If you are a liberal, the thinnest silver lining in Alito’s draft opinion is that it wholeheartedly rejects this effort to bring cases like Lochner back from the dead.
Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, and their $50 million defamation suit, explained
       
America is watching the defamation trial of Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard in Fairfax, Virginia, and America appears to be deeply confused by it. Amber Heard says Johnny Depp abused her. He was up there in the upper echelon: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Johnny Depp. Johnny Depp is suing Amber Heard for defamation because of an op-ed she published in the Washington Post in 2018. To get Amber Heard blacklisted from Hollywood!”The report doesn’t mean that every Johnny Depp supporter on the internet is actually a robot.
How anti-abortion activists may have won the Supreme Court
       
Much of what got the country to this point hinges on the identities of the nine specific people sitting on the Supreme Court: their personal views, decisions to retire, or their untimely deaths. After Democrat Jimmy Carter’s one term in office (during which no Supreme Court vacancies opened up), Ronald Reagan and George H.W. They got to fill five Supreme Court seats in that span, and all of these appointees replaced retiring pro-Roe justices. The death of Justice Antonin Scalia opened up a new Supreme Court seat while Barack Obama was president. That materialized when Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in September 2020, opening up a seat Trump filled with Amy Coney Barrett.
How we got here: Roe v. Wade from 1973 to today
       
Share All sharing options for: How we got here: Roe v. Wade from 1973 to todayIn 1976, just a few years after the Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Roe v. Wade, most Americans thought abortion should be legal in at least some circumstances. One major reason is a deliberate, decades-long campaign on the right to overturn Roe v. Wade. If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, as it appears set to do based on the draft opinion that leaked Monday night, it will toss out nearly 50 years of jurisprudence along with it. 1973: Roe v. Wade is decided. The opinion, if it holds, would overturn Roe v. Wade, leaving abortion rights up to the states, unless Congress steps in and passes a national policy.
Three unlikely but not totally impossible paths toward restoring Roe’s protections
       
The more a party wins, the better the odds an unexpected Supreme Court vacancy will arise while they’re in power. This could be an abortion-specific law codifying Roe’s protections (though that would have to survive this Supreme Court). They could at the very least reverse any Democratic law establishing abortion protections, and at most try to ban abortion nationwide. But in the long term, that’s what would be needed to entrench abortion protections nationally. If a public opinion shift doesn’t happen, Roe protections, even if they are restored, would never truly be safe.
The first spot in the Democrats’ presidential nominating calendar is up for grabs
       
Democrats may finally knock the Iowa caucuses out of their prized first position in the presidential nominating process, in what could be that calendar’s biggest shakeup in decades. And the existing early states — Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina — had to reapply, arguing why they deserve their spots. A new Midwestern state could be added to the mix, as could a fifth early state, and the order could be changed. So choices about the early states and their sequence made now could help determine the identity of future presidents. But if that changes on either side, things will get very interesting very quickly, with the early states playing a starring role.
Can we stop the next pandemic by seeking out deadly viruses in the wild?
       
Can we stop the next pandemic by seeking out deadly viruses in the wild? Share All sharing options for: Can we stop the next pandemic by seeking out deadly viruses in the wild? And in the years since Predict launched, the conversation on the value of viral discovery has shifted toward even greater pessimism. Could viral discovery risk causing the pandemics it’s meant to stop? Sure, terrorists could build a pandemic virus identified through Deep Vzn, but couldn’t they also build smallpox or the 1918 flu?
Twitter is a lousy business. What’s Elon Musk’s plan?
       
Congratulations, Elon Musk? That’s why Google brought in $257 billion last year, and Facebook brought in $117 billion — and Twitter did $5 billion. But Twitter is Twitter, so people have suggestions. This is a popular one, and it syncs with the “look at how influential Twitter is” argument: Twitter is seemingly very important to Elon Musk. * Standard caveat about the fact that the deal hasn’t formally closed, along with a Standard Elon Musk caveat that notes that he is … erratic.
Title 42, the controversial Trump-era border policy, explained
       
The decision will set the Biden administration back by months in its efforts to end Title 42. But under Title 42, migrants are returned to Mexico within a matter of hours and without any such opportunity. How ending Title 42 became a fight among DemocratsRepublicans have been gearing up for a fight over the policy even before the Biden administration announced that it would end Title 42. Progressives, on the other hand, have been calling on Biden to end Title 42 since shortly after he took office. Democratic convulsions over Title 42 show that the party’s consensus on immigration policy is tenuous at best.
Democrats finally get their FTC majority back
       
“Alvaro’s knowledge, experience, and energy will be a great asset to the FTC as we pursue our critical work,” Khan said in a statement. Sen. Roger Wicker said he thought Bedoya’s “strident views” meant he wouldn’t be able to work with the Republican commissioners. Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell urging them to put off the Bedoya vote because his confirmation would give Khan a majority. Khan no longer has to settle for whatever the Republican commissioners will stomach. Update, May 11, 5 pm ET: This story has been updated to include statements from Bedoya, FTC commissioners, and advocacy groups.
Trump says he’s done with Twitter. That’s hard to believe.
       
Trump has said he has no interest in coming back, and will instead be using his Twitter-clone app, Truth Social. Up until the day he was banned, Twitter was an incredibly effective tool for Trump. Trump still doesn’t have a good Twitter alternativeInstead of using Twitter, Trump has said he’s moving his social media presence to Truth Social, the Twitter-clone app that he helped create. Two top executives have also resigned from Truth Social in recent months, less than a year after joining the company. And even if Truth Social sorts out its technical and financial challenges, it still won’t have the same massive reach as Twitter or Facebook.
Two GOP judges just gave Texas control over Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube
       
So, if they don’t want to be sued for violating the Texas law, they would likely end up applying Texas’s rules to all users. For these reasons, even setting aside the fact that this law is unconstitutional, it imposes a completely unworkable standard on social media platforms. Texas claims that social media is just like a trainThe Texas law is one of several recent attempts by Republican state governments to sanction media companies they perceive as insufficiently deferential to conservatives. To this, Texas says that the First Amendment should treat social media companies less like a newspaper, and more like a railroad. But that doesn’t mean that social media companies are common carriers.
Why Trump is struggling to take down Georgia’s Brian Kemp
       
Brian Kemp hopes to become the next prominent Republican to show that GOP candidates don’t necessarily need former President Donald Trump’s help to win their primaries. Even former Vice President Mike Pence endorsed Kemp over Perdue in direct defiance of Trump. Kemp has intentionally avoided the subject of TrumpPerdue has sought to make the primary a test of loyalties to Trump. He has said that, unlike Kemp, he wouldn’t have certified the results of the 2020 election. He has urged the party not to look in the “rearview mirror” and relitigate the 2020 election all over again.
Stronger public health systems and uniform messaging are critical to fight Covid-19
       
But as public concerns over the pandemic begin to wane, public health messaging around Covid-19 may become more challenging. Public health messaging around Covid-19 must continueWith the politicization of Covid-19, public health messaging around the pandemic in the US has faced an uphill battle — and it shows. “But as public health [officials], we’re just going to continue to stay with that messaging and show what works and what doesn’t.” Relatively low vaccinations, as well as booster rates, are other public health mitigation tools that would benefit from stronger public health messaging, she said. Building public health infrastructure and stabilizing funding is keyDespite these concerns around the erosion of public trust in public health, experts are undeterred and have proposed ways to strengthen the country's public health measures. That means finally making — and maintaining — the kind of bold investments in public health I have been pushing for, for years,” Murray said of the Public Health Infrastructure Saves Lives Act.
Pandemic school reopenings were not just about politics
       
Early analyses indicated that Covid-19 health factors had virtually nothing to do with reopening decisions, and partisan politics could explain nearly all the variation. Researchers say they also still haven’t fully understood how other factors — like school governance and parent preferences — influenced Covid-19 school decisions. A new study reinforces that school opening decisions were complicatedThe narrative that school reopening decisions were all about politics coalesced early. Tulane economists Douglas Harris and Daniel Oliver found Covid-19 rates were one significant predictor of fall school reopening. Most counties, however, contain multiple school districts, which is why other researchers have preferred a school district-level analysis.
Cannes 2022: The complicated tension of telling the truth at the festival
       
For its design display every year, the Cannes Film Festival creates an original commemorative poster, which gets splashed across the buildings and billboards of the seaside Cote d’Azur town that lends the festival its streets and name for two weeks every summer. A reasonable enough sentiment, if a bit broadly applicable to every film festival on earth. The Cannes Film Festival has fixated on truth-telling from the start, particularly on truth of a political nature. Its 1938 founding was explicitly initiated to counteract the fascist takeovers that were, at the time, evident in the Venice Film Festival, held in nearby Mussolini-controlled Italy. One has to know, sitting in the Palais, that the tension can’t ever be solved at a film festival.
2 losers and 1 winner from the Georgia, Alabama, and Arkansas primaries
       
That primary, as well as ones in Alabama, Arkansas, Minnesota, and a runoff in Texas, happened Tuesday. One key race — between incumbent Rep. Henry Cuellar and attorney Jessica Cisneros in Texas’s 28th District Democratic primary, has yet to be called. And no, there wasn’t much lingering doubt going into Tuesday night that Trump’s favored candidate in the Georgia GOP governor’s primary would lose — badly. But there are several reasons the 50-point win by incumbent Republican Gov. Much like Kemp and Raffensperger in Georgia, Arkansas Sen. John Boozman did not question the 2020 election results and, as a result, incurred primary challengers who seemed to feel he wasn’t conservative enough.
Masculinity, explained by WWE
       
If you look at the evolution of wrestling since the glam years of the 1980s, obviously, [WWE CEO] Vince McMahon has a lot to answer for. The symbol of a real man is that he shows he can win. Yeah, our political battles, especially in the US but everywhere around the world, are so often about what masculinity is. To some degree, what you’re observing in these wrestlers-turned-actors is reflective of the evolving understanding of what a real man is and how a real man is to behave in the real world. So masculinity [in the wrestling gym] was about having the power but also the restraint and following the rules.
How gun ownership became a powerful political identity
       
In the wake of the Buffalo and Uvalde massacres, we need to talk about identity politics: both white identity politics, and the identity politics of gun owners. And in the wake of the attack, gun owner identity politics is likely to spur fierce resistance to any additional gun control measures. How gun ownership drives votesGun ownership has not always had such a clear partisan tilt. How gun owners became part of the conservative coalitionMatthew Lacombe, a political science professor at Barnard College, has spent years trying to figure out how gun ownership, and NRA membership specifically, became such a potent political identity. They’re also likelier to identify themselves as single-issue voters than gun control opponents are, and Republican gun owners are likelier to say their gun owner identity is important to them than Democratic gun owners.
A child can’t be a “good guy with a gun”
       
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” he said. This gun rights ideology has become embedded both in Republican politics and in the culture of American gun ownership: an all-consuming political identity that has broken American politics. The gun rights ideology permeates American gun culture and, by extension, today’s Republican Party. If the government could adequately restrict gun ownership, according to the gun rights ideology, then liberty would be insecure. Instead, the gun rights ideologue argues, the responsibility for public safety falls in the hands of individuals: the “good guy with a gun.” If well-intentioned armed individuals are everywhere, then they can gun down evildoers in the act.
How the Supreme Court made it impossible to solve America’s gun violence problem
       
In 2019, for example, 10,258 people were murdered with a gun in the United States. And that’s why Heller’s special legal protections for handguns make America’s gun violence problem unsolvable, even if we did have a filibuster-free Congress that was eager to pass gun regulations. By far the deadliest weapon in the United States is the handgun — the easiest kind of firearm to conceal. It also reinvented the Court’s understanding of what the Second Amendment is supposed to accomplish. Kavanaugh denied that these weapons are “dangerous and unusual” because they are, in fact, “in common use” throughout the United States.
What We Lose When We Conflate Child “Abuse” and “Neglect”
       
What We Lose When We Conflate Child “Abuse” and “Neglect” Growing up in Southern Illinois, I knew many children whose basic needs went unmet. I was raised on a rural route at the edge of the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. Since then, I’ve heard about how child abuse rates are higher in rural Southern Illinois than any other part of the state. But the trends were most troublesome in Southern Illinois. But politicians at the federal level have resisted investing in the kinds of changes the child welfare system needs, Milner said.
Building the “Big Lie”: Inside the Creation of Trump’s Stolen Election Myth
       
Numerous polls show that over two-thirds of Republicans doubt the legitimacy of the 2020 election. Our examination of their actions from the 2020 election to the present day reveals a pattern. In the weeks after the election, Maras presented herself to Byrne as knowledgeable about election fraud. “This leads to voter or election fraud.” Allied Security, it said, had discovered enough proof of election fraud to decertify the results in Antrim. The final proof of election fraud, which he was supposed to deliver last minute, was no longer going to arrive.
They Built the Wall. Problems Remain After Founder’s Guilty Plea.
       
Brian Kolfage faces more than five years in prison after pleading guilty to federal fraud charges last month. The outlets also reported on Kolfage’s long history of online harassment and intimidation, which escalated with his border wall projects. In addition to pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud conspiracy, Kolfage also pleaded guilty to tax crimes for failing to report that income. We Build the Wall is also required to give up more than $1 million in donations in a bank account, according to the plea agreement. An attorney listed for We Build the Wall did not respond to a request for comment.
What Happens When COVID-19 Emergency Declarations End? Implications for Coverage, Costs, and Access
       
People with private insurance who receive COVID-19 vaccines, including booster doses, from out-of-network providers could incur out-of-pocket costs when the § 319 PHE ends. Millions of people could lose Medicaid coverage and/or potentially face higher costs for Medicaid coverage when the § 319 PHE ends. End of § 319 PHE Hospitals will no longer receive the 20% payment increase for discharges of patients diagnosed with COVID-19 when the § 319 PHE expires. No later than the end of§ 319 PHE Medicare beneficiaries will again need to satisfy the 3-day prior hospitalization requirement in order to have Medicare coverage of SNF stays when the § 319 PHE expires. End of § 319 PHE Part D plans will no longer be required to issue extended supplies for all Part D drugs they cover after the § 319 PHE ends.
State politics hamstring EPA’s pursuit of polluters
       
But one decision EPA enforcement agents will have to make will be particularly important: how much authority to delegate to the states. They say state environmental departments are underfunded and lack necessary resources to aggressively pursue environmental criminals. "To the extent there is an increase in federal enforcement — which we all expect — I would not expect state enforcement is going to decrease as a result," he said. "I think it’s too early to know what [the Biden administration] is going to do," she said. The region does not have a strong local environmental enforcement presence, and environmentalists on and off the island have petitioned the Biden EPA to revoke a federal permit.
AP FACT CHECK: Wisconsin election probe ignores some facts
       
But many of Michael Gableman’s claims have already been dismissed by courts or rejected by the state’s bipartisan election commission. Here’s a look at some of the claims from his presentation to lawmakers on Tuesday and in the report:GABLEMAN: “Wisconsin election officials’ widespread use of absentee ballot drop boxes violated Wisconsin law.”THE FACTS: Wisconsin law is silent on absentee ballot boxes. The bipartisan Wisconsin Elections Commission before the 2020 election provided guidance to local election clerks who run elections, telling them that ballot boxes can be put wherever they want. The commission voted 5-1 in two follow-up votes extending the order through the November 2020 election before rescinding it in March 2021. Under Wisconsin law, only a judge can declare someone as incompetent to vote.
Wisconsin Is Ground Zero for the MAGA Effort to Steal the Next Election
       
She started recording a video of her husband, a junior member of the Wisconsin state Assembly, receiving praise from the 45th president of the United States. There are at least 21 candidates for secretary of state across the nation who have challenged the 2020 election result. Nowhere is this crusade to subvert the 2020 election result more on display than in Wisconsin. Last fall, the Republican campaign to challenge the integrity of the 2020 election turned to a new target: the Wisconsin Elections Commission. As the nonpartisan chief of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, Wolfe implements the guidance of six board members and ensures the agency runs smoothly.
A who's who guide to the Republican review of Wisconsin's 2020 presidential election
       
MADISON – The Republican review of Wisconsin’s election is being conducted by those who appear to have already made up their minds. Last year, he served as a Republican election observer in Green Bay and raised complaints about how the election was conducted there. Before he worked for Gableman, Wait helped lead a group of private individuals who conducted their own review of the election. Steven Page to work on the election review. Brandtjen was among a group of four Wisconsin Republican legislators to tour Arizona's controversial review of ballots in Maricopa County.
Trump’s Commerce Department Just Hired a Lawyer With Ties to White Nationalists
       
The Trump administration has just added a lawyer to its staff who has no problem maintaining close ties with racist, far-right extremists. Candeub represented Taylor in his lawsuit against Twitter, which banned him from the site in its 2017 crackdown on white nationalists and hate groups. Candeub’s work for Taylor isn’t the only time he’s linked up with white nationalists. Here are some other Epstein white nationalist highlights from the BuzzFeed piece:Epstein, who worked for the conservative commentator Pat Buchanan, was a key figure in nativist and white nationalist political circles from the mid-2000s to the early 2010s. In 2006, he founded the now-defunct Robert A. Taft Club alongside [Richard] Spencer and Kevin DeAnna, another leading white nationalist.
Barr suggests U.S. consider investing in Nokia, Ericsson to counter Huawei
       
Placeholder while article actions loadAttorney General William P. Barr on Thursday suggested the United States consider taking an ownership stake in Finland’s Nokia and Sweden’s Ericsson to counter China’s bid to dominate the burgeoning 5G wireless market. Ericsson and Nokia are the other two big suppliers, but they have “neither Huawei’s scale nor the backing of a powerful country with a large market, like China,” Barr said. From a national security standpoint, he said, if the Internet becomes dependent on Chinese technology, “China would have the ability to shut countries off from technology and equipment upon which their consumers and industry depend. The Chinese government’s stated goal under its Made in China 2025 initiative is for domestic companies to own 75 percent of the Chinese market. Chinese companies are effectively banned from the U.S. 5G market, and they are not present in 5G systems in Australia, Japan or New Zealand.
Scoop: Trump team considers nationalizing 5G network
       
The main points: The documents say America needs a centralized nationwide 5G network within three years. But, but, but: The proposal to nationalize a 5G network also only covers one part of the airwaves; there’d be other spaces where private companies could build. There’s even a suggestion that America’s work on a secure 5G network could be exported to emerging markets to protect democratic allies against China. a suggestion that America’s work on a secure 5G network could be exported to emerging markets to protect democratic allies against China. It's not clear a national strategy would yield a 5G network faster or by the memo’s 3-year goal.
FCC chairman Pai backs public auction to free up spectrum in C-band for 5G
       
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said on Monday he backs a public auction to free up spectrum in a key band currently used for delivering video content for next-generation 5G wireless networks, an announcement that sent a major satellite company’s shares down 40%. Experts believe the C-band spectrum can be divided to maintain existing service and deliver 5G service. Pai said he supports a public auction of 280 megahertz of the C-band. “I’m confident they’ll quickly conduct a public auction that will give everyone a fair chance to compete for this #5G spectrum, while preserving availability of the upper 200 MHz of the band for continued delivery of programming,” he wrote on Twitter. Two Republican senators said on Monday they had introduced legislation to require that the spectrum auction begin before the end of 2020, with at least 50% of the value of auction revenues to be reserved for U.S. taxpayers.
The NRA has weakened. But gun rights drive the GOP more than ever.
       
(Video: Hadley Green/The Washington Post, Photo: Joshua Lott/The Washington Post)For GOP voters and lawmakers, gun rights have become a central culture-war issue animating their movement. “The NRA is a convenient foil for the left, but the NRA is not the be-all, end-all.”AdvertisementThe NRA says it has more than 5 million members but hasn’t released specific figures over time. Now, many of the most vocal gun rights voters are turning to activists like Brown and Hammond, who fault the NRA for negotiating in the past on some legislation. State and local lawmakers on both sides of the aisle commented on the events surrounding a mass school shooting in Uvalde, Tex. “The NRA is the soft line in the gun lobby.”The NRA has also responded to the pressure to take harder stances.
The Plot to Keep Meatpacking Plants Open During COVID-19
       
The Plot to Keep Meatpacking Plants Open During COVID-19 Newly released documents reveal that the meatpacking industry’s callousness toward the health of its workers and its influence over the Trump administration were far greater than previously known. Series: On the Line How the Meatpacking Industry Became a Hotbed of COVID-19ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Would Sullivan like to discuss the possibility of getting President Donald Trump to sign an executive order to keep meatpacking plants open? The effect that the meatpacking plant outbreaks had on the early spread of COVID-19 is staggering. Thousands of meatpacking workers would continue to crowd into processing plants, risking contracting the virus and bringing it home to their families.
The Hypnotherapist and Failed Politician Who Helped Fuel the Never-Ending Hunt for Election Fraud in Wisconsin
       
In Wisconsin, Stone has finally been embraced politically, by activists and politicians who, like him, didn’t approve of the so-called “Zuckerbucks” or of big-city Democratic mayors. He filed a complaint with the Wisconsin Elections Commission back in August of 2020, well before the election. On Aug. 28, 2020, he fired off a 27-page complaint to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, which included 167 exhibits. Stone saw the supposed Obama network’s fingerprints on the 2020 election grants offered by the Center for Tech and Civic Life. Now that he’s left a mark as a political activist in Wisconsin, Stone is back on the campaign trail.
Air Monitors Alone Won’t Save Communities From Toxic Industrial Air Pollution
       
For years, an air monitor on the grounds of the Kentucky school has captured elevated levels of toxic industrial air pollution. “What they’ve done here is way more air monitoring than what’s required by any EPA program,” said Morin, the Northeastern air pollution expert. The plants pay taxes that go toward “making Calvert City nice.” She had no qualms about air pollution or the plants hurting the town. Because the EPA does not require states to set up air monitors near most major sources of toxic air pollution, we were unable to make comparisons in many of the hot spots that we identified. We filtered and sorted the data to understand which air monitors in the AQS network were picking up high concentrations of cancer-causing chemicals.
Inside the Government Fiasco That Nearly Closed the U.S. Air System
       
The agency, however, would make no such provisions for another group warning of far graver consequences: the U.S. aviation industry. The FAA’s passivity was particularly striking given the mounting concern in the aviation industry. “We expect the aviation industry to ... take appropriate action, if necessary, to ensure protection of such devices.”The aviation companies didn’t see it that way. The wireless companies agreed to another two-week delay and to establish temporary modest 5G-free buffer zones around 50 airports for six months. “The wireless companies have made it very clear they’re not going to agree to an open-ended situation,” he said.
Dinner To Celebrate Diversity In Journalism Brings Out Media Leaders
       
The 7 p.m. event, called the Politics & Inclusion Dinner, aimed to acknowledge and toast newsroom diversity, and was scheduled on the eve of the 2022 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. “This event is an opportunity to push for greater inclusivity and diversity of coverage on behalf of communities that are often marginalized,” Phillip said in a statement. At the Associated Press, for example, 76% of their full-time U.S. news employees are white, and news management is 81% white. CNN’s Don Lemon points to the event’s host committee. “People of color in media and in journalism endured such attacks under Trump,” Navarro told People at the dinner.
New evidence reveals coordination between Oath Keepers, Three Percenters on Jan. 6
       
As the Justice Department and the House Select Committee press their investigation into the Jan. 6 attack, the central role of the Oath Keepers is coming into sharper focus. The Oath Keepers, founded after the election of President Barack Obama, is a far-right militia group that recruits veterans and members of law enforcement. Dozens of individuals apparently affiliated with the Oath Keepers have been charged in connection with the Jan. 6 attack. His locations at those times match up with what the individual was communicating in the Oath Keepers chat. As the Jan. 6 committee gears up for public hearings starting next month and as major Jan. 6 cases move closer to trial, the wide reach of the Oath Keepers on Jan. 6 will get a broader airing.
'It's straight out of a playbook': At NRA convention, conspiracy theories abound
       
In Uvalde, a makeshift memorial of white wooden crosses had gone up for the 19 children and two adults slain. But at the NRA meeting in Houston, less than 300 miles away, the shooting had been reduced to a sling stone in the broader culture wars. But they were no more prevalent than the conference attendees who were entertaining conspiracy theories, uncertain whether the left was setting them up. Said another man, who declined to give his name, at the conference: “It’s straight out of a playbook.”The NRA meeting was not unaffected by the shooting. Nationally — and even in heavily Republican Texas — public polling reflects broad support for stricter gun measures.
AP News Summary at 3:09 a.m. EDT
       
Official: Girl told 911 'send the police now' as cops waitedUVALDE, Texas (AP) — Students trapped inside a Texas classroom with a gunman repeatedly called 911 as officers waited more than an hour to confront the shooter. And one by one, they insisted that changing U.S. gun laws or further restricting access to firearms was not the answer. As US mourns shootings, NRA in turmoil but influence remainsHOUSTON (AP) — Nearly 10 years ago, the slaughter of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School looked like it might break through the United States’ political stalemate on guns. A gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday. As students called 911, officers waited more than an hour to breach the classroom after following the gunman into the building.
School shooting strengthens case for guns, Donald Trump tells NRA
       
Donald Trump has said the recent US school shooting is a reason to arm law-abiding citizens, not disarm them. The former US president was a guest speaker at the National Rifle Association (NRA), which held its annual convention in Houston on Friday. As demonstrations swelled in Houston, attenders inside the convention – including Trump – continued to deny that guns were the problem and put the emphasis on school safety and mental health. According to a district safety plan, Uvalde schools have a wide range of safety measures in place. It also had software to monitor social media for threats and software to screen school visitors.
Protests at NRA convention in Texas, but speakers reject new gun laws
       
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, a Republican, urged attendees not to back down in their fight against gun control. Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick dropped out of making in-person remarks at the event. 1/6 People protest against gun laws near the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual convention in Houston, Texas, U.S. May 27, 2022. read moreWayne LaPierre, NRA executive director, addressed the school killings but said gun owners "love our nation, love our children and grandchildren. Houston activist Johnny Mata called on the NRA to halt the convention and hold a memorial service for the Uvalde victims.
The Pentagon Is Protecting and Funding the Same Gun Makers Democrats Want to Regulate
       
The military that Biden oversees is reliant on a weapons industry that overlaps with the domestic gun industry and, in some cases, these industries are one and the same — a reality put horrifically on display in Uvalde. And there are signs that the U.S. military’s heavy reliance on the arms industry has, in the past, played a role in hedging against measures that target the domestic gun industry. The law, which was signed by President George W. Bush, was actively supported by the gun industry. Unlike the tobacco and car industries, where lawsuits have helped improve safety protections, the gun industry is untouchable by most liability lawsuits. The National Rifle Association, which is an advocacy and lobbying organization for the gun industry, has also supported efforts to roll back protections for civilians globally.
Justices won't block Biden policy on 'social cost of carbon'
       
The approach uses the “social cost of carbon” to calculate future climate damages to justify tougher restrictions for fossil fuels, transportation and other industries. The federal appeals court in New Orleans put the order on hold and Louisiana led nine states in asking the high court to in to intervene. The justices' refusal to do so allows the administration to use an interim standard of $51 in damages per ton of carbon dioxide emitted while it works to update and possibly increase the cost per ton. The $51 figure was used by the Obama administration before the Trump administration cut it to $7. By itself, the estimate does not impose any new requirements, but it could be used to justify tougher rules.
Rent prices tripling in an LA Chinatown apartment building means residents face possible homelessness
       
The Los Angeles City Council is scheduled to vote today on plans to buy a 124-unit Hillside Villa apartment building in Chinatown amid huge rent hikes that would make the property otherwise unaffordable to its current residents. The pending city council vote is two years in the making, during which its many low-income residents have been urging the city to purchase the building from its current owners, the Botz family. Tenant protestors claim that Tom and Chloe Botz have doubled and even tripled rent prices for some Hillside residents. Story continuesFor many of the protesting tenants, today’s council vote could mean the difference between having a place to live and being forced out into L.A.’s streets. More from NextShark: Trump Openly Uses Racist 'Kung Flu' for COVID-19 at Campaign RallyFeatured Image via Brett SaylesEnjoy this content?
Titus battles Democrat, Republicans in newly redrawn 1st District
       
Rep. Dina Titus faces a Democratic primary in the 1st Congressional District, with eight Republicans vying for the chance to challenge her in November. Dina Titus, left, and Amy Vilela, Democratic candidates in Congressional District 1 race in 2022 primary. Clockwise from upper left: Jane Adams, David Brog, Cresent Hardy, Mark Robertson, Carolina Serrano, and Cynthia Steel, Republican candidates for Congressional District 1 race, 2022 primary. “I’ve used my voice to provide resources for those who need it most,” Titus said in an interview. Titus was the first Democrat in early nominating states to endorse Joe Biden for the White House.
AP News Summary at 2:29 a.m. EDT
       
Official: Girl told 911 'send the police now' as cops waitedUVALDE, Texas (AP) — Students trapped inside a Texas classroom with a gunman repeatedly called 911 as officers waited more than an hour to confront the shooter. As US mourns shootings, NRA in turmoil but influence remainsHOUSTON (AP) — Nearly 10 years ago, the slaughter of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School looked like it might break through the United States’ political stalemate on guns. A gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday. AP FACT CHECK: NRA speakers distort gun and crime statisticsWASHINGTON (AP) — An AP Fact Check is examining rhetoric from the National Rifle Association's annual meeting. Former President Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz were among the speakers who distorted the security situation at the Uvalde, Texas, school where a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers.
The ‘straight, white, Christian, suburban mom’ taking on Republicans at their own game
       
Mallory McMorrow remembers the sting of being slandered by a colleague for wanting to “groom” and “sexualize” young children. She also offered a blueprint for how Democrats can combat Republicans intent on making education a wedge issue. I want every child in this state to feel seen, heard, and supported, not marginalised and targeted because they are not straight, white and Christian. But some hailed McMorrow for showing how to take on Republicans at their own game. We can strongly point out Republicans are not offering any policy ideas and take the debate to that place.
'You'll never take people's guns away. This is not Australia': NRA supporters, Donald Trump reject firearm crackdown
       
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, a Republican, urged attendees not to back down in their fight against gun control. Protestors outside the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston Friday where the NRA Convention was held. Source: Getty / Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick dropped out of making in-person remarks at the event. United States Senator Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, said in a speech to the meeting communities needed weapons to stay safe. Wayne LaPierre, NRA executive director, addressed the school killings but said gun owners "love our nation, love our children and grandchildren.
Caitlin Johnstone: TV War Games Over Taiwan
       
NBC openly teamed up with a Pentagon-funded think tank to begin normalizing the idea of a U.S. hot war with China. NBC’s Meet the Press just aired an absolutely freakish segment in which the influential narrative management firm Center for a New American Security (CNAS) ran war games simulating a direct U.S. hot war with China. “The war in Ukraine could end up being bad for the pivot in the short-term, but good in the long-term,” Fontaine said. But it happens all the time in the mass media anyway, because the mass media exist to circulate propaganda, not journalism. Caitlin Johnstone is a rogue journalist, poet, and utopia prepper who publishes regularly at Medium.
Cuba Reacts to Biden’s Easing of Sanctions
       
Havana said Biden’s were a step in the right direction, but of “very limited scope.”By Peoples DispatchThe government of U.S. President Joe Biden announced Monday the easing of some of the sanctions imposed on Cuba by former President Donald Trump. Despite the shortcomings, the MINREX stated that “this is a limited step in the right direction, a response to the denunciations made by the Cuban people and government. It is also a response to the claims made by the U.S. society and the Cubans residing in that country. The blockade has inflicted serious economic and social losses on Cuba, and has severely affected the development of the country and its people. Meanwhile, the humanitarian damage, suffering and resource shortages inflicted upon Cuban families by the blockade are immeasurable.
Chris Hedges: No Way Out But War
       
The permanent war economy, implanted since the end of World War II, has destroyed the private economy, bankrupted the nation, and squandered trillions of dollars of taxpayer money. There were three restraints to the avarice and bloodlust of the permanent war economy that no longer exist. The second restraint was an independent media and academia, including journalists such as I.F Stone and Neil Sheehan along with scholars such as Seymour Melman, author of The Permanent War Economy and Pentagon Capitalism: The Political Economy of War. None of these opposition forces, which did not reverse the permanent war economy but curbed its excesses, now exist. Running Out of TroopsA key component to the sustenance of the permanent war state was the creation of the All-Volunteer Force.
Right-Wing Elitism is Even Uglier than Liberal Elitism ? Current Affairs
       
The Republican Party, on the other hand, is for salt-of-the-earth “real American” truck-driving rural types. So-called “right-wing populism” seeks to use this framing to foment a revolt against Cosmopolitan Liberal Elites or Globalists. If and when fascism does finally come to America, it will almost certainly come with an impeccable Ivy League pedigree. Of course, the Democratic Party senators are a bunch of lawyers and career politicians, too. Probably a slightly higher percentage of them went to Ivy League schools.
The Annihilation of Florida: An Overlooked National Tragedy ? Current Affairs
       
Environmental organizations and residents are quick to point out that existing roads are underused, meaning the toll roads represent a classic case of induced demand. The state’s Southwest Water Management District does not support the toll roads. As one rural resident on the toll roads Facebook group put it, describing Florida’s current crop of lawmakers, “We are nothing to them, yet we elected them to hold their office. Elites and special interests similar to those that push the toll roads now enthusiastically push destructive development here. The Florida Wildlife Corridor can still deliver into protection many hundreds of thousands of acres of land.
A Brief History of the Bourgeois Safari ? Current Affairs
       
Dlamini, author of Safari Nation: A Social History of the Kruger National Park, the cover of which features the newspaper image of Mandela. According to Gardner, a typical 21-day hunting safari in Tanzania, which offers seventy species to hunt, cost $50-150,000 in 2010. This cannot be made up by bourgeois tourism,4 particularly when safari companies and lodges tend to be foreign-owned or otherwise white-owned businesses. Safari ecotourism and trophy hunting, we’re told, will fund conservation for humanity and development for people in Africa in general. (The pastoralist Maasai in Tanzania were not destroying their land before the hunting and safari companies came to cash in on their resources.
Make Billionaires Republicans Again ? Current Affairs
       
If the Democrats are to survive, they need a politics that drives billionaires scurrying back to the Republican Party. An important measure of whether the Democratic Party is doing anything right is whether billionaires hate it. If the Democratic Party is to have a future as a party for working people, billionaires like Elon Musk must be driven from it. The more this politics succeeds, the more the Republican party will be the natural home for Big Business. Let us hope that we can sufficiently alarm the rest of Musk’s fellow billionaires, and finally force the Democratic Party to take on the 1%.
Destroying All the Arguments Against Cancelling Student Debt ? Current Affairs
       
Student debt lingers for decades; some people with student loans are now having their Social Security checks garnished. Once upon a time, the federal government considered options for financing college through scholarships rather than student loan debt. It does not, however, deal much with some of the arguments that cancelling student debt is “bad politics.” It is frequently claimed that Democrats will be giving a “handout to the rich” by cancelling student debt. One Twitter commenter, arguing against student debt cancellation, said: “The question I always come down to is why student loan debt must be cancelled and yet nobody’s talking about medical debt, credit card debt, mortgage debt, etc. For more deconstruction of all the bad arguments against cancelling student debt, and explanations of how to reform higher education financing, see these previous Current Affairs articles:
The Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America ? Current Affairs
       
She is the author of the book Right of Way: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America. She recently came on the Current Affairs podcast to talk to editor in chief Nathan J. Robinson to talk about why pedestrian deaths in America have been on the rise for the last decade. I made up this term—pedestrian safety crisis—to describe the escalation in pedestrian deaths over the last roughly 10 years, in which pedestrian deaths have increased about 50 percent. The subtitle of your book is Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America. But these [pedestrian deaths] are violent deaths that need to be part of that analysis.
GOP Rep. Alex Mooney Investigated for Family Trip to Aruba, Allegedly Asking Staff to Walk His Dog Skipper
       
Mooney, 50, is backed by former President Donald Trump in his reelection bid, facing Democrat Barry Wendell on Election Day in November. The OCE report also states that "Mooney may have used official resources, including staff time, for campaign work and personal errands," which could also be against federal law and includes "tasks related to the Mooney family dog." According to the House Ethics Manual, "Supervisors should not accept uncompensated personal services from subordinate staff for services the supervisor would usually pay for if there is no connection to legitimate, official activity." A portion of the statement regarding the family trip to Aruba says, "There was no improper connection between any gift and any official action by the Congressman. Congressman Mooney will work with the Committee on Ethics to resolve any outstanding questions."
Ronny Jackson Used Campaign Funds for Exclusive Club, Ethics Office Alleges
       
WASHINGTON — Congressional ethics investigators said on Monday that they had gathered “substantial” evidence that Representative Ronny Jackson, Republican of Texas, improperly used campaign donations to pay for unlimited access for himself and his wife to a private dining club in Amarillo, Texas. According to a report by the Office of Congressional Ethics, Mr. Jackson, who gained national attention as the White House doctor to former President Donald J. Trump and went on to win election to the House, is accused of using campaign money for the Amarillo Club, in violation of Federal Election Commission regulations prohibiting the use of campaign funds for such purposes. “There is substantial reason to believe that Representative Jackson converted campaign funds from Texans for Ronny Jackson to personal use or that Representative Jackson’s campaign committee expended funds that were not attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes,” the report said. Its release came as the House Ethics Committee announced that it would continue investigating Mr. Jackson as well as another Republican aligned with Mr. Trump, Representative Alex X. Mooney of West Virginia, who a separate report accused of accepting a free or below-market trip to Aruba and using his staff to do personal errands.
Morning Digest: Democrats summon the ghost of Todd Akin to haunt GOP primaries coast to coast
       
Back in Illinois, which uses a traditional primary, the DGA is trying something similar in the GOP contest to take on Democratic Gov. The ad even shows footage of Bailey using a firearm as the on-screen text declares he "OPPOSES LIBERAL GUN CONTROL." The senator therefore spent $1.7 million during the final four weeks of the GOP primary, which she noted was more than Akin spent in total to secure his party's nod. That money went to ads calling Akin "pro-family" and "too conservative"—messages calculated to make Republicans like him more. ? AZ-Sen: Wealthy businessman Jim Lamon is going up with what appears to be his first negative ad of the August Republican primary.
Morning Digest: Georgia GOP's new gerrymander pits two Democratic incumbents against one another
       
The map would place Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur, the longest-serving woman in House history, at serious risk. ? NY-Gov: Data for Progress' new Democratic primary survey for consultant Neal Kwatra, who Politico says is working for an unidentified donor, finds Gov. Dan McKee edging her out just 26-24 in the Democratic primary, with Treasurer Seth Magaziner at 16% and no one else hitting double digits. ? TX-Gov: UT Tyler's newest survey of the March Republican primary for The Dallas Morning News shows Gov. The main event in this constituency is the June Democratic primary between Reps. Sean Casten and Marie Newman.
Morning Digest: Michigan GOP nominates Big Lie boosters for secretary of state and attorney general
       
To that end, state Rep. Ryan Berman, who took third place in the race for attorney general, said he'll continue his campaign in the hopes of achieving a different result at the end of the summer. Brian Kemp ahead of the May 24 Republican primary. Also in the running for Republicans are 2018 Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson and state Rep. Timothy Ramthun. ? NC-01: Retiring Democratic Rep. G.K. Butterfield has endorsed state Sen. Don Davis in the May 17 primary to succeed him. ? OR-06: CHC BOLD PAC, which is the Congressional Hispanic Caucus' campaign arm, says it is spending $1 million on an ad backing state Rep. Andrea Salinas in next month's Democratic primary.
Candidate filing day: Johnson says he'll spend 'whatever it takes' in GOP primary
       
Lansing — Businessman Perry Johnson told reporters Tuesday he'll spend "whatever it takes" to win the GOP primary for governor in August after submitting about 23,000 petition signatures. Also running are state Sen. Adam Hollier; state Rep. Shri Thanedar; former state Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo; attorney and educator Michael Griffie; and attorney Portia Roberson, all from Detroit. In addition to Trump-backed John Gibbs, attorney Gabi Manolache filed petition signatures last week. Democrat Hillary Scholten on Monday filed petition signatures to run again in the 3rd. Republican Tom Norton of Courtland Township filed to challenge GOP U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, in the new 2nd District.
Morning Digest: The last Republican in statewide office on the West Coast just said she'd resign
       
Wyman that year faced a serious challenge from Democratic state Rep. Gael Tarleton, who argued that Wyman hadn’t done enough to oppose voter suppression; Tarleton also hammered the incumbent for testifying against H.R. 1, the landmark measure House Democrats passed in 2019 to expand voting rights and end gerrymandering. Ned Lamont leading former state House Minority Leader Themis Klarides 52-32 and businessman Bob Stefanowski 52-36. However, even if Republicans are successful, Whitmer would be able to donate any excess funds to the state Democratic Party, which could use them to support her re-election bid. Lewis was appointed in 2017 to a seat in the state House, and he currently chairs the chamber’s House Democratic Caucus.
Morning Digest: Join us tonight to find out if the GOP's worst candidates win big primaries
       
And in Idaho, GOP Rep. Mike Simpson faces an expensive rematch with an opponent he beat eight years ago. Fetterman, who is the frontrunner in Tuesday's Democratic primary for Senate, continued, "The good news is I'm feeling much better, and the doctors tell me I didn't suffer any cognitive damage. Self-funding state Rep. Shri Thanedar grabs third with 12%, while Michigan Civil Rights Commissioner Portia Roberson and Detroit School Board member Sherry Gay-Dagnogo are just behind with 9% apiece. ? MN-01: ??Former Hormel CEO Jeff Ettinger won the state party endorsement over the weekend ahead of next week's special Democratic primary. Schultz will go up against former state Rep. Dennis Smith, who skipped the gathering he denounced as "a game for insiders."
Morning Digest: Days after praising Idaho's governor, Trump backs his far-right primary foe
       
Redistricting? AK Redistricting: Alaska's redistricting commission agreed on a new state Senate map on Tuesday, with the board's three Republican appointees voting in favor and its two independent members against. Republican Rep. Scott Franklin, who represents the current 15th, would instead find himself in the redder 28th District. ? NH-Sen: WMUR reports that wealthy businessman Bill Binnie, who took a distant third in the 2010 Senate Republican primary, is interested in another try, but there's no word from Binnie himself. Governors? AR-Gov: Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders lost her last notable Republican primary foe on Tuesday night when Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced that she was switching to the race for lieutenant governor. ? IL-17: Two new Democrats announced campaigns for Illinois' revamped 17th Congressional District on Wednesday, former state Rep. Litesa Wallace and former TV meteorologist Eric Sorensen.
Pat Quinn is polling for Chicago mayor
       
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Primary Preview: The last anti-choice Democrat in the House has a tough renomination battle in Texas
       
Pastor Mallory Staples and former state Rep. Meagan Hanson have also each brought in a credible amount of money. State Rep. Donna McLeod is also running, and though she’s attracted little attention, her presence could prevent either congresswoman from winning outright. State Rep. Timothy Barr, meanwhile, has the support of Hice and 9th District Rep. Andrew Clyde. On the Republican side, outside spending has benefited just two candidates, former Department of Agriculture official Brad Finstad and state Rep. Jeremy Munson. Other Republican candidates include state Rep. Nels Pierson and former Freeborn County Party Chair Matt Benda, though they’ve spent little.
Morning Digest: The ugliest GOP primary might just be in Alabama's race for governor
       
? NC-Sen: Cheri Beasley is spending six figures on her first TV spot for the May 17 Democratic primary, where she faces little opposition. Hoeven briefly faced a primary challenge from state Rep. Rick Becker, but Becker dropped out last month after he failed to win the state party endorsement. ? MD-Gov: Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has endorsed former U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez ahead of the crowded July Democratic primary for governor. Meanwhile, former U.S. Education Secretary John King has launched his first ads in the Democratic primary, which the campaign says is backed by a six-figure buy. ? NY-04: Former Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen has publicized an Impact Research internal that gives her a 40-11 lead over Nassau County Legislator Carrié Solages in the June Democratic primary.
Morning Digest: New York's House map got a total reset. Here's what changed and who's running where
       
That sends it from 56-42 Biden to 53-45 Biden, in an area where the GOP also retains downballot strength. For a breakdown showing how much of each old district makes up each new district and vice-versa, check out our redistribution tables. ? NY-17: Republican Assemblyman Mike Lawler said on Saturday that he'd run against Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. ? NY-23, NY-24: Republican Rep. Chris Jacobs, who represents the old 27th, says he'll run for the new 23rd, while Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney, who represents the old 22nd, says she'll run for the new 24th. ? OR-06: The Associated Press has called the 6th District Republican primary for businessman Mike Erickson, who was the GOP's 5th District nominee back in 2008.
Morning Digest: Our new data shows why GOP is unlikely to regain CO's Senate after losing it in 2018
       
GOP Rep. Scott Tipton's 3rd District moved from 52-40 Trump to 50-46 Stapleton, and it could be a potential Democratic target this fall. Senate? AL-Sen: Just how dire does Alabama's July 14 GOP primary look for former Attorney General Jeff Sessions? The Senate Democratic primary, which we recently took a look at in greater detail, is a duel between incumbent Ed Markey and Rep. Joe Kennedy III. ? NY-17: Westchester County Legislator Catherine Parker, who dropped out of the June 23 Democratic primary last month, has endorsed attorney Mondaire Jones. David Ige over Hanabusa during the 2018 Democratic primary, a contest Hanabusa ended up losing.
Peter Thiel puts another $3.5 million behind Blake Masters in Arizona
       
Placeholder while article actions loadPeter Thiel, the billionaire venture capitalist and tech entrepreneur, put another $3.5 million this month into a super PAC supporting Blake Masters in the highly competitive Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Arizona, according to a person familiar with the contribution. It brings his investment in Masters — a friend and former employee who recently resigned his leadership positions at Thiel’s foundation and hedge fund — to $13.5 million. Thiel increased his outlay for Masters after the May 3 primary victory in Ohio of J.D. He invested another $3.5 million after the “Hillbilly Elegy” author secured former president Donald Trump’s endorsement last month and, in the final days of the Senate primary, put in an additional $1.5 million. He has donated broadly to Republican candidates and committees, including to long-shot libertarian candidates, such as former congressman Ron Paul (Tex.
Jeremy Munson could be the next Republican congressman from Minnesota’s 1st District. Why are so many Republicans trying to stop that from happening?
       
The “New House Republicans,” aren’t a bloc within the larger 59-member House GOP caucus. While individual legislators can work together, House Republicans don’t coordinate on votes or strategy with New House GOPers or share resources. Since the break, the impact of the New House Republicans has been minimal, though that’s largely because the House has a DFL majority. “We don’t have to deal with the pressures from the establishment,” Munson said of New House Republicans. Jennifer Carnahan, former state GOP chair who resigned after a scandal-plagued tenure, has touted internal polling showing her in front.
Former Judge Phil Sorrells Wins Republican Primary Runoff for Tarrant County DA
       
Phil Sorrells, a longtime elected judge in Tarrant County courts and a former assistant district attorney, is the Republican party nominee for Tarrant County District Attorney. Krause, who initially planned to challenge Ken Paxton for the job of Texas Attorney General, decided to run for Tarrant DA after Sharen Wilson announced her retirement last fall. Sorrells resigned his bench to campaign for district attorney and counted among his endorsements those of former President Donald Trump and former HUD secretary Ben Carson. Sorrells will face Democrat Tiffany Burks, who won her primary on March 1 with 61% of the vote, this November. Tarrant Co. District Attorney (R) 100% reportingResults from the race will appear in the box above.
Notorious ex-Democrat launches GOP primary challenge to Georgia governor
       
After a stint in the state House in the 1990s, Jones became the first African American to lead DeKalb County following his 2000 victory for CEO of this large Atlanta-area community. Jones lost the primary runoff 60-40 to Jim Martin, who went on to lose to Chambliss. Jones then challenged Rep. Hank Johnson in the 2010 primary for the 4th Congressional District and lost 55-26. Jones, though, resurrected his political career when he won the 2016 primary to return to the state House in a safely blue seat. Jones spent his time after Election Day headlining Trump rallies alleging nonexistent voter fraud, and he finally switched parties in January.
George P. Bush put out koozies dissing his family to try and get Trump's endorsement. He failed
       
Bush also met privately with Trump, who once tweeted that Jeb Bush "has to like the Mexican Illegals because of his wife," who is also George P. Bush's mother. Bush, though, is still hoping that Paxton’s multitude of scandals will allow him to pull off a win next year despite the challenger’s own weaknesses with the party’s nativist base. Guzman, who entered the race in late June, hauled in $1.1 million and had $610,000 to spend. Texas Democrats haven't won a statewide race since 1994, but Team Blue is hoping that an acrimonious primary could give them an opening. The Democratic field currently consists of former Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski and prominent civil rights attorney Lee Merritt.
In the absence of legislating, politics turns into spectacle and stunts
       
… NBC News’ Benjy Sarlin details how gun laws have changed since Newtown. More than 100: The number of GOP campaign ads have featured guns, per a New York Times analysis. A 6-3 conservative Supreme Court is likely to go further in striking down state gun restrictions. ET Wednesday, Pennsylvania’s acting secretary of state announced it was officially time for a recount in Pennsylvania’s GOP Senate primary. And complicating things even more are the 860 GOP ballots received by election officials that are undated.
Morning Digest: Primary season marches on with another big night across the South
       
Meanwhile, a new East Carolina University poll finds GOP Rep. Ted Budd holding a 47-39 lead over Beasley after the two won their respective parties' primaries last week. ? OH-Sen: Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan has debuted his first ad following his primary win earlier this month, and it continues his focus on bringing well-paying blue collar jobs to Ohio. ? WI-Gov: Republicans at the state GOP convention on Saturday opted not to endorse a candidate after former Lt. Gov. Reed may be delaying transmission of such a letter for the same reason Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado has likewise not yet vacated his seat—see our NY-19 item just above. Rather than rely on a traditional state-run primary, Republicans used a party-run "firehouse primary" that saw a total turnout of about 15,000 voters.
Trump’s endorsements in the 2022 Republican primaries
       
“I’m the king of endorsements,” Trump told The Washington Post in April. Trump endorsements for U.S. HouseWon Lost Runoff Upcoming election Against impeachment Republican Rescinded Incumbents NonincumbentsIn the House, Trump’s endorsements are about rewarding loyalty and settling scores. He has endorsed a primary challenger against all but one House Republican — Rep. David G. Valadao (Calif.) — who voted in favor of his impeachment last year. Trump released another slew of endorsements in noncompetitive races days ahead of the May 17 and May 24 primaries. Won May 24 Rick Allen House Ga. Won May 24 Earl L. “Buddy” Carter House Ga. Won May 24 Andrew S. Clyde House Ga. Won May 24 Marjorie Taylor Greene House Ga. Won May 24 Barry Loudermilk House Ga. Won May 24 Herschel Walker Senate Ga. Won May 24
Morning Digest: Trump's fave is leading just before first member-vs.-member showdown of 2022
       
In fact, the GOP commissioners did worse than nothing—they simply gave their approval to maps they knew were unconstitutional. Of course, there's no reason to think these two judges, Amul Thapar and Benjamin Beaton, will care in the slightest. Various plaintiffs have proposed creative work-arounds to this problem, such as asking the state court to rule that a map created by independent experts complies with the constitution. That revised map would not take effect until 2024, and first, the GOP-run legislature must pass it and Republican Gov. The candidate, after noting she has the backing of both Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, implores the viewer, "Join us.
A major Democratic group is taking sides in a House primary, and everyone is furious
       
Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, who hasn't backed anyone in the race, piled on as well, calling HMP's actions "flat-out wrong." "House Majority PAC is dedicated to doing whatever it takes to secure a Democratic House majority in 2022, and we believe supporting Carrick Flynn is a step towards accomplishing that goal," said communications director CJ Warnke in a statement. Incidentally, the CEO of the crypto exchange Bankman-Fried founded, Ryan Salame, just this week announced the formation of a similar super PAC aimed at Republicans.) Why go through HMP, then, unless this is a play for winning influence within a major arm of the Democratic Party? Instead, says Robertson, Flynn will "stand up to the Trump Republicans" while tackling climate change and prescription drug costs.
Opinion | The Slaughter in Buffalo Hasn’t Quieted the Great Replacement Caucus
       
But the shooting in Buffalo is only the latest in a series of mass shootings inspired by this particular racist conspiracy theory. And abroad, there was the shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2019 where a gunman attacked a mosque, killing 51 people. The Republican politicians and conservative media personalities who traffic in this rhetoric did not create the idea of the “great replacement,” but they have adopted it. They have chosen to swim in the same ideological waters as the people responsible for these shootings and have chosen to amplify the “great replacement” theory to the world even as it poisoned minds and produced violence. Six or seven years ago, Vance and Stefanik were critics of Donald Trump and the movement that put him in office.
Midterm elections are tough for the party in power, but 2022 is no ordinary year
       
It’s well-known mantra that the party in the White House always struggles in midterm elections, as lofty expectations give way to the grinding ineffectiveness of the American legislative process, suppressing majority support, while the out-party is energized with desires of revenge. Indeed, the out-party typically gains over 30 House seats in the first midterm of a new presidency. Is 2022 more like 2002, or like any other normal midterm? Abortion will play a particularly outsized role, not just as motivation in its own right, but as proof that holding the White House doesn’t mean we and the Democrats are actually in power. If being out of power gooses turnout, we have a legitimate claim to that crown.
Majority Savers: Please Support Jared Golden!
       
This is only intended to give you a glimpse into why he has the right background for Maine’s 2nd District. It means that nearly every time Rep. Jared Golden votes against the Democratic priorities, he has permission from Speaker Pelosi to do so. At the same time, Maine’s 2nd district has only thrown out an incumbent one time since 1916. Maine’s 2nd district is the largest in geography east of the Mississippi River, covering roughly 27,000 square miles in area. In Quarter 1, Rep. Jared Golden raised around $632k for his re-election bid, which will go far in the rural 2nd district of Maine.
The Law and Donald Trump
       
I don’t want to make light of anyone’s legal troubles, but I thought I would let you know how things are going on the Trump Legal Front. Donald Trump has lost his appeal to dismiss the New York lawsuit and fined $10,000/daily until he turns over the papers he’s supposed to. The Jan. 6 Committee has told the DOJ they can come over, read the work product and take notes, but they can’t have the finished work product yet. That will probably come after the hearings, which start June 9. It looks like the law is finally catching up to Trump.
Ripping the MAGAts up over the "Good Guy With a Gun" myth.
       
--The continuing mythology about how protecting our children is based upon a “good guy with a gun” shooting the “bad guy with the gun.” Both Trump and Ted Cruz talked about this being the only solution we have, today at the NRA conference. --Of course, we found out today that cowards with guns, supposedly “good guys,” often won’t do anything while our babies are getting slaughtered. And the parents can’t do anything, either: the good guys with guns will force them to stay outside. The gaslighting represented by the NRA Good Guy Meme has been called out many times before. And, perhaps the combination of the opposition to forced birth and the Good Guy Meme will win us some more seats and offices, particularly—but not exclusively—in Texas.
Progressive Candidates Fairing (Mostly) Well in Early Midterm Primary Wins: 'BradCast' 5
       
Guest: Howie Klein of 'Down With Tyranny'Also: Several important (and mostly good) updates on some stories we've recently covered closely... We recently discussed with longtime Internet voting expert Dr. David Jefferson why the bill is such an outrageously terrible idea. This is the second federal court to find that the clause may still be used to challenge insurrectionist running for office. But, if it holds, it's seen a huge victory for grassroots progressives in unseating a sitting, rightwing House Dem (who had been supported by House leadership). Tune in for much more from Howie on all of this, including his several tips for progressive Los Angeles voters on June 7th.
Attorney Rochelle Garza on why she’s running for Texas attorney general on a pro-choice platform
       
But one day she decided she was going to funnel her rage toward a new goal: becoming attorney general. Come Election Day May 24, she will learn her position in what is largely considered to be one of the most important races for Texas Democrats, likely pitting her against current Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. The attorney general is the attorney for the people. We are in a critical moment, and Texans cannot have [Texas Attorney General] Paxton in this position unless they want things to get worse. Vasquez: You’ve been in the spotlight before because of your work representing immigrants, but you could potentially be Texas’ first Latina attorney general.
Morning Digest: Georgia incumbents fend off Trump's Big Lie slate in Tuesday Republican primaries
       
? FL-10: The crypto-aligned Protect Our Future PAC says it will spend $1 million for progressive activist Maxwell Alejandro Frost ahead of the Democratic primary in August. ? NY-12: A spokesperson for nonprofit founder Rana Abdelhamid says she's considering whether to continue in the Democratic primary after court-ordered redistricting significantly scrambled the lines here. The GOP side also includes evangelical author Heidi St. John, who has brought in a notable amount of money, and state Rep. Vicki Kraft, who hasn't. The GOP field also includes businessman Jerrod Sessler, who has self-financed most of his campaign, and underfunded state Rep. Brad Klippert. The GOP side includes two election conspiracy theorists, including former state Sen. Mark Miloscia, a one-time Democratic state representative who recently resigned as head of a social conservative organization.
The Downballot: Daily Kos 20th anniversary retrospective, with James Lambert (transcript)
       
We are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Daily Kos, which was founded all the way back in 2002 by Markos Moulitsas. So really, really impressive showing considering all of the headwinds he faced and the opposition from Trump. In a moment, we will be joined by longtime Daily Kos Elections Contributing Editor James Lambert, and we will be taking stock of the last two decades of Daily Kos and Daily Kos Elections history in celebration of our site's 20th anniversary. We are taking a retrospective look back at the history of Daily Kos Elections and joining us is longtime Contributing Editor James Lambert. And then they finally end up with a former assemblyman who they really, really didn't want to do.
Morning Digest: GOP Senate primary in Pennsylvania heads to overtime with mandatory recount
       
? NY-16: Westchester County Legislator Catherine Parker announced this week that she'd challenge Rep. Jamaal Bowman in the August Democratic primary. State election authorities, meanwhile, say they’ve finally received Reed’s letter of resignation. The eventual nominee will go up against Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop in a southwestern Georgia seat that Biden would have carried 55-44. ? TX-30: State Rep. Jasmine Crockett defeated party operative Jane Hope Hamilton 61-39 in the Democratic runoff for this safely blue Dallas seat. ? TX-AG: Scandal-ridden Attorney General Ken Paxton turned back Land Commissioner George P. Bush 68-32 in the Republican runoff.
Morning Digest: Congresswoman from '70s would smash record for longest service gap with comeback bid
       
However, a second campaign for Senate in 1992 went disastrously, as she finished last in the Democratic primary with just 12% of the vote. Hobbs is up 49-20 on former Nogales Mayor Marco López, with former state Rep. Aaron Lieberman back at 10% and 19% of voters undecided. ? KY-Gov: Republican state Sen. Max Wise, who's been considering a bid against Democratic Gov. Meanwhile, state Rep. Savannah Maddox will reportedly launch her campaign two weeks from now, per Joe Sonka at the Louisville Courier Journal. ? FL-20: Democratic state Rep. Anika Omphroy has announced via her campaign website that she's running for Congress.
Kirschner explains How Trump committed Treason, given the new "Executive Time" disclosures on 1
       
We fight like hell And if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.” -- Jan 6, 2021—The latest disclosures show how Trump abandoned his Oath of Office. Trump then said, "maybe Mike Pence should be hanged." These almost unfathomable developments make a clear and compelling argument that Donald Trump committed the crime of treason, as set out in the United States Criminal Code: 18 USC section 2381. This video discusses the crime of treason in light of these recent revelations. Failing to intervene to protect the Capitol and halt those attacks — are the acts of a Traitor.
Maybe the 19 cops who stood in the hall for 47 mins without saving the kids were simply being Trumpy
       
I’ve got my own theory based on demographics: These were police officers in Texas. It’s not unlikely that with this demographic intersection every last one of them was a Trump supporter. Trumpy Trump supporters. MAGA-hat-wearing, flag-waving, rally-going Trump supporters. And (my theory goes) — as with millions of other Trumpy Trump supporters across America — what used to be a personal sense of honor and duty has been corroded and dissolved by proximity to MAGA world.
Uvalde Massacre: 19 live cops in the hallway, 19 dead kids inside
       
— Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) May 27, 2022x they should just lock their doors. pic.twitter.com/ks91o3k3uh — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 27, 2022x He eventually went to him. #AbbottHasBloodOnHisHands pic.twitter.com/E0x73WBoXo — Dina Climate Change Voter ? (@Dinalovesdogs) May 27, 2022x “I don’t need any special training to get into a locked room where an individual is killing children. https://t.co/q9oSuVJlRR — Trisha Easto (@trishaanicole) May 27, 2022x “‘Somebody somehow got into my account,’ he said, insisting he had no relatives or associates in Uvalde. ‘It's got nothing to do with me or my family in any way.’” https://t.co/F1jwnA4XID — Daniel Dale (@ddale8) May 27, 2022x GOP on…Abortion: “Abortion must be banned.
At NRA Gun Celebration today, right after Uvalde massacre, Trump literally danced.
       
Of course, crassness is nothing new for him. Just to remind you of how awful he has always been, this is Trump with a baby who was orphaned after the El Paso massacre: big smile and a thumbs-up. x Reminiscent of this - for context this is the orphaned baby right after the El Paso shooting. So yeah, they don’t even believe what they are peddling. Rot in hell, NRA.
Well, If Your Kink Is Getting Lectured By Malevolent Cowards, This Week Was Great
       
I understand folks come to this page for jokes, and I’ll do my best, but no fucking promises tonight. Truly, nothing reveals the pus-encrusted heart of modern conservatism more than a classroom full of butchered children.And they know this. To lift a finger to halt this senseless, preventable carnage would be an intolerable assault on their way of life. Seems kinda stalemate-y in Ukraine this week, or maybe domestic atrocities simply drained me of the capacity to pay attention, who knows? Fear not, the week saw not one, but two massive legal setbacks for the Deposed Dotard and his criminal spawn.
McCarthy serves Jan. 6 committee with list of demands after subpoena
       
McCarthy’s response also came with a list of demands, much like his colleague in the House and fellow Trump-ally Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio. “It is unclear how the Select Committee believes it is operating within the bounds of law or even within the confines of the authorizing resolution,” Berke wrote in the 11-page letter to committee chair Bennie Thompson. x He, like Jim Jordan, wants the committee to meet a list of demands including all the "legal rationale" they have used to premise their requests. In the House, only two Republicans—the only two that now serve on the committee, Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger—voted in favor of forming the select committee. Five members of the House including McCarthy and Jordan have been hit with subpoenas for their records and depositions.
Time to put to rest the failed 'good guys with guns' myth perpetrated on the American people
       
I will not assign blame for the Uvalde response in this piece, but rather leave that for another day. For now, my purpose is to make it perfectly clear that all the "good guys with guns" in the world didn't help those two teachers and their classrooms filled with defenseless children. Yet, so far, we have yet to hear even one Republican lawmaker admit that it's time to put to rest the failed 'good guys with guns' myth that has been perpetrated on the American people. Look, the "good guys with guns" is patently false—exposed over and over again as a pure fallacy. Guns are now the leading cause of death among kids in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
I won't celebrate any president barely keeping a campaign promise while poor people suffer
       
Listen to Cody Hounanian, executive director of the Student Debt Crisis Center, talk about student debt relief on Daily Kos’ The Brief podcastx Embedded ContentWill forgiving $10,000 help many people? In addition to my free tuition, I was offered need-based grants, as well as federal student loans, based on my family’s income. I have paid on my student debt while I worked as a cashier at Whole Foods. As reported by ABC News, Black women are more likely than any other gender group to hold student loans. On average, Black women also carry the highest amount of student debt from undergraduate degrees, coming in at just over $40,000.
Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Coke FRIDAY!
       
—Jimmy FallonAnd now, our feature presentation…-Cheers and Jeers for Friday, May 27, 2022Note: We wish you a safe and hammock-filled holiday weekend. » New details show President Trump approved of the hanging of his own vice president on January 6th. As our endorphins go wild over the prospect that our first warm-weather holiday weekend (and the unofficial start of summer) is upon us, the Newburyport (Mass.) It is OK to mark Memorial Day with a cook out or if so inclined, to spend the day at a shopping plaza. On Monday my partner Michael (aka "Common Sense Mainer" here at DK) and I will be memorializing something else in addition to Memorial Day.
Tomgram: Beverly Gologorsky, Not in Our Name
       
Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. Just in case you missed it, former President George W. Bush ("Mission Accomplished") had a howler the other day. Today, TomDispatch regular Beverly Gologorsky, author of a remarkable new novel, Can You See the Wind?, about the antiwar movement of the Vietnam era, reminds us just how important such ongoing protests truly are. But let Gologorsky offer you a little bit of hope for our future. There are, of course, many groups working in wonderful ways to improve our lives, each of them a harbinger of what's possible.
NY Appeals Court Rules Trump and Two of His Kids Must Testify in Financial Fraud Case
       
"A court has once again ruled in our favor and ordered Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Ivanka Trump to appear before my office to testify under oath," New York Attorney General Letitia James tweeted. "Our investigation will continue undeterred because no one is above the law." A four-member appellate panel upheld a late-February decision by New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron, writing that he had "properly rejected appellants' arguments that the subpoenas issued by the [Office of the Attorney General] should be quashed." James, a Democrat, subpoenaed Trump, Donald Jr., and Ivanka in December for documents and testimony. Just last month, Engoron held Trump in contempt for refusing to comply with his March 31 deadline to turn over documents to the attorney general's office.
Was This Supposed To Be An Attack?
       
Instead of concentrating her firepower on the Republican incumbent, Suzette Martinez Valladares, Cho is attacking her fellow Democrat, Pilar Schiavo. She equates the accusation that "Democrats rigged the 2016 primary election" with "Trump-like conspiracy theories." Her leadership is why I have endorsed Pilar Schiavo in this race. (Image by Annie Cho for Assembly 2022) Details DMCACarl Petersen is a parent advocate for students with special education needs and public education. As a Green Party candidate in LAUSD's District 2 School Board race, he was endorsed by Network for Public Education (NPE) Action.
Educating for the common good
       
I know, I know: Public schools are under attack from the right. Which is why, paradoxically, this might be exactly the right time to push for civic education. (Image by Robert Reich) Details DMCAIf you're as old as I am, you may remember courses in civic education. The person most credited with founding American public schooling, Massachusetts educator Horace Mann, directly linked public education to democracy. Mann believed it important that public schools educate all children together, "in common."
Are Biden's Troubles of His Own Making?
       
Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. Mr. Biden announced its reincarnation as the new Inter Pacific Economic Federation ( IPEF). All of which is the least of Mr. Biden's headaches. He might well call it a move aimed at slaughtering young Russian boys, when he himself is asking for peace talks. Since 2014 about one million refugees have left the country as a result of wars in the Donbas.
America's Ruling Class: Candid -- But Only In Camera
       
That is, the power to release or not release presidential documents belongs to the current president, not whichever former president may have happened to generate those documents. The "would I be candid if what I say wasn't kept secret?" If you're not willing to be "candid" with the public you claim to work for, you're not a "public servant," you're a "public enemy." Government activity shouldn't take place -- at any level or in any department -- "in camera." It should all take place on Candid Camera.
The Billionaire Bombardment of Democracy
       
Isn't it time Biden and the Democrats came out clearly against the billionaires abusing their wealth and power by suppressing the wages of average working people and flooding our democracy with their money? As I noted last week, another billionaire, Peter Thiel, has donated at least as much to Trump-endorsed Republicans in senate primaries. This billionaire bombardment gives Biden and the Democrats an opportunity to tell America whose side they're on and whose side they're not on, in effect, to declare class war on the class warriors. Meanwhile, not even the Republicans' billionaire backers can disguise the total absence of a Republican agenda to help average working people. Isn't it time Biden and the Democrats came out clearly against the billionaires abusing their wealth and power by suppressing the wages of average working people and flooding our democracy with their money?
Rage is the most natural emotion to be feeling right now
       
Marc Steiner: Right? Because that is what’s rising the right, that’s what’s rising the most dangerous kind of thing that’s kind of a specter on our future, across the globe. Marc Steiner: Right. Marc Steiner: Right. Marc Steiner: Right, right.
Rising authoritarianism and worsening climate change share a fossil-fueled secret
       
This backsliding on democracy and “creeping authoritarianism,” as the US State Department puts it, is often supported by the same industries that are escalating climate change. In my new book, “Global Burning: Rising Antidemocracy and the Climate Crisis,” I lay out connections between these industries and the politicians who are both stalling action on climate change and diminishing democracy. At the same time that the energy sector has sought to influence policies on climate change, it has also worked to undermine the public’s understanding of climate science. Both contribute to climate change and deforestation in a fragile region considered crucial for keeping carbon out of the atmosphere. Brazil, Australia, and the US are not unique in these responses to climate change.
Buffalo gunman’s racism directly tied to mainstreaming of white nationalism, say critics
       
“This was pure evil,” said Erie County Sheriff John Garcia during a press conference on Saturday. See more White supremacist nationalism is deadly and increasingly normalized by one of our political parties and a major TV network. “Just like in Christchurch,” Waheed continued, “the alleged Buffalo shooter both posted a manifesto about the ‘great replacement’ conspiracy theory and also livestreamed his massacre on social media. See more The forces that drove the Buffalo mass shooter are the same that drove reactionaries to storm the US Capitol on Jan. 6. — Sam Sacks (@SamSacks) May 15, 2022Waheed in his statement said “This hateful, white nationalist rhetoric is not just being spread by lone gunmen.”Such rherotic, he said, “can also be found on cable news and in the rhetoric of politicians today.
‘We have to flip this seat’: After Senate primary win, Fetterman shifts focus to beating GOP
       
John Fetterman handily defeated Rep. Conor Lamb in the Democratic primary for the battleground state’s open US Senate seat on Tuesday, pitting the progressive against whichever right-wing candidate prevails in the deadlocked GOP contest between Mehmet Oz and Dave McCormick. The winner, Fetterman noted, could determine which party controls the US Senate next year. “Control of the Senate is going to come down to Pennsylvania, and we have to flip this seat. We’re going to win in November the same way we won tonight—by fighting for every county, and every vote. Because every place matters, and no place deserves to be written off.”Conceding defeat, Lamb promised to do “everything I can to help Democrats win” in the general election.
How the NRA evolved from backing a 1934 ban on machine guns to blocking nearly all firearm restrictions today
       
But they opposed handgun registration, which was stripped out of the nation’s first significant national gun law. A sharp right turnUntil the mid-1970s, the NRA supported waiting periods for handgun purchases. And until the mid-1970s, the NRA supported waiting periods for handgun purchases. But support for gun rights has become a litmus test for Republican conservativism and is baked into a major political party’s agenda. Such a decision could galvanize gun safety supporters while also emboldening gun rights activists – making the debate about guns in America even more tumultuous.
After receiving Alabama coal miners’ endorsement, will Tim James be there when it counts?
       
Tim James seems to be vying for a place in the runoff with current Gov. This is the primary connection that has gotten Tim James all that he has: his businesses, his nonprofits, and his current position as a potentially viable candidate for governor. Had his father not been governor, we would not know who Tim James is. Instead of siding with Alabama workers, Fob James chose to side with Yankee bosses, much like Kay Ivey today. Of course, Tim James is not Fob James.
George Yancy: ‘F*ck this entire indifferent, hypocritical, and violent world!’
       
Pre-Production/Studio: Adam Coley, Cameron Granadino Post-Production: Stephen Frank, Adam ColeyTRANSCRIPTMarc Steiner: “Fuck this entire indifferent, hypocritical, and violent world!” That’s how philosopher George Yancy opens his article in Truthout. Marc Steiner: Right? Because that is what’s rising the right, that’s what’s rising the most dangerous kind of thing that’s kind of a specter on our future, across the globe. Marc Steiner: Right. Marc Steiner: Right, right.
The Chris Hedges Report: How to defeat the billionaire class
       
Instead of depending on the Democratic Party establishment, Sawant says the only way to make advances in the class war is through class struggle and mobilizing ordinary people. Chris Hedges interviews writers, intellectuals, and dissidents, many banished from the mainstream, in his half-hour show, The Chris Hedges Report. Chris Hedges: Can you talk about the role of the Democratic Party, especially during your efforts to raise the minimum wage, to protect people from evictions, to increase taxes on large corporations such as Amazon? Chris Hedges: Yet, the rhetoric of the Democratic Party is aligned with your campaign. Chris Hedges: The Democratic Party for a long time has essentially attempted to replace a political agenda with woke soundbites.
Biden Embraces Some Harm Reduction Policies — But Doubles Down on Drug War
       
Rates of fatal drug overdose increased under former President Trump before reaching a record high during the pandemic, which isolated drug users from harm reduction services and social supports. Harm reduction is proven to save lives, but backlash from tough-on-crime politicians has prevented the federal government from supporting syringe exchanges and other harm reduction programs for years. Biden’s recent budget request includes $355 million in additional funding for the Drug Enforcement Administration. Biden’s recent budget request includes $355 million in additional funding for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the law enforcement agency charged with waging the drug war that already enjoys a $3.28 billion budget. Heller said the administration’s turn toward harm reduction is a “step in the right direction” but more needs to be done.
Former White House Aide Says Trump Approved of Mob Chanting “Hang Mike Pence”
       
Former President Donald Trump expressed approval when a mob of his loyalists shouted “Hang Mike Pence” during the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building, a former White House aide has said. Trump also allegedly expressed dismay when Pence was escorted to safety during the Capitol breach, Hutchinson added. “If Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election,” Trump said to the crowd of his loyalists. A spokesperson for Trump has denied the allegations that he was joyful when his supporters called for Mike Pence to be hanged. Stephanie Grisham, who previously served as Trump’s White House press secretary, was in the White House during the Capitol attack.
Idaho’s GOP Voters Push Back Against Trump’s Picks
       
With former President Donald Trump’s backing, the extremist McGeachin ran against Little in the GOP primaries earlier this month. Giddings soundly lost to Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke, the epitome of “establishment” in the state’s politics. In 2022, notwithstanding the lurch rightward of much of the GOP throughout the country, the old guard in Idaho seems to have at least temporarily emerged on top. It’s true that, in many states, Trump’s ongoing death-grip on the GOP remains as tight as ever. If Trump’s star begins to wane in the GOP, as, surely, it eventually will, what happened in Idaho in the spring of 2022 will likely come to be seen as a turning point.
Quebec Court of Appeal covers up violent activities of far-right
       
Raphaël Lévesque, a notorious Quebec neo-Nazi and the founder of the far-right group Atalante, has been found guilty on a charge of break-and-enter by a three-judge panel of the Quebec Court of Appeal. The case will now be referred back to the Quebec Court, which will hold a hearing to determine Lévesque's sentence. Charged with break-and-enter, harassment, intimidation and mischief, Lévesque was acquitted on June 10, 2020, by Quebec Court Judge Joëlle Roy. The Quebec Court of Appeal partially upheld this limited appeal on April 12. Although the Court of Appeal convicted Lévesque on one charge, its ruling continues the efforts to downplay the broader significance of Lévesque’s far-right criminal activities.
In a Different World, Mark Meadows’s Evidence-Burning Would Be Shocking
       
Former White House aide Omarosa Newman tells a tale of Trump actually eating sensitive documents after meeting with his lawyer, Michael Cohen. After so many years filled with so many stories of Trump’s gross behavior, a report on him wrecking paperwork barely moves the needle. At this point, I’d be more impressed with a headline like, “Confirmed: Trump Is Mammal — Drinks Water, Breathes Air.” Yeah, right. It’s unclear whether Hutchinson told the committee which specific papers were burnt, and if federal records laws required the materials’ preservation. What did Meadows and Perry talk about that inspired such pyrotechnics from the White House chief of staff?
Lawrence Tabak’s Foxconned: A valuable forensic analysis of a disastrous, politically motivated scam
       
The Foxconn plant was presented as something akin to its own utopian city, with gleaming neighborhoods, barber shops, grocery stores and more. So what happened in the end for Foxconn, Mount Pleasant, Racine, and James and Kim Mahoney? The plant Foxconn intends to build is massively smaller in proportion to the initial plan, involving about 6,000 people. Construction continues on the cleared land, but rather than hope, exponential losses and enormous distrust plague the residents of Mount Pleasant and Wisconsinites in general. However, sharp as Tabak’s analysis of the Foxconn scam is, the solutions offered are somewhat vague, even tepid.
The mass shooting in Buffalo, New York: A political crime
       
It is necessary to state bluntly: The mass shooting on Sunday was a political crime. It was carried out by a racist and anti-Semite on the basis of a definite, fascist political ideology. The conceptions of “Replacement Theory” are expounded in different forms at Republican Party conferences and by fascistic media personalities. The Republican Party is acquiring the characteristics of an American fascist party. This will open up immense possibilities for the struggle against imperialist war, social inequality and fascism in the United States and internationally.
January 6 Select Committee subpoenas 5 of Trump’s congressional co-conspirators
       
On Thursday, the House Select Committee charged with investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on Congress announced new subpoenas targeting five of Trump’s congressional co-conspirators, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Notably, the committee did not subpoena Texas Congressman Ronnie Jackson, who has refused to comply with an April request for an interview. Documents released by the committee last month showed that far-right Oath Keepers militia members bent on kidnapping or killing Trump’s political enemies sought to protect the Republican legislator, who had served previously as Trump’s White House doctor. Less than a day after the subpoenas were issued, Republican lawmakers are almost uniformly threatening retribution against their Democratic “colleagues” for having the temerity to subpoena Trump’s congressional accomplices. The document shows that immediately following Trump’s defeat on November 3, 2020, Rhodes and his Oath Keepers were activated in service of the coup plot.
Trump headlines fascist CPAC Hungary conference
       
On May 18-19 in Budapest, Hungary, the US-based Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) hosted an international event that was live-streamed globally on the internet. Socialism and even communism if you look at it really deeply.”President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally for Senate Republican candidates in Valdosta, Ga. Dec. 5, 2020. Bayer is a long-time political ally of Orban and one of the co-founders of the Fidesz party, which Orban currently leads. In 2016, Orban signed off on awarding Bayer the Knight’s Cross, one of the highest honorifics handed out by the Hungarian state. The mutual admiration between the authoritarian leader of Hungary and the bow tie-wearing fascist was on display at CPAC Hungary, with Orban praising Carlson by name.
January 6 Select Committee requests to interview Republican lawmaker who provided “tour” of Capitol grounds day before coup
       
Loudermilk was one of 138 House Republicans to vote against certifying the election of Joe Biden even after the attack on the Capitol. At one point Loudermilk texted Meadows: “They have breached the Capitol.” Meadows responded telling Loudermilk that “POTUS [Trump] is engaging,” to which Loudermilk replied, “Thanks. In one interview last year, Loudermilk claimed in bald-faced lie that Trump “didn’t have anything to do with January 6. However, so far only Bannon has been arraigned, with his trial set to begin in the late summer. The January 6 Select Committee, which has held one public hearing since its inception last year, currently has plans for multiple “prime-time” public hearings beginning on June 9, 2022.
Primary elections in five US states show intensifying political tensions
       
Democratic and Republican primary elections held across five states demonstrated the mounting crisis of the capitalist two-party system. He called a state Senate hearing after the election where Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis argued for overturning the vote. Mehmet Oz, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, speaks at a primary night election gathering in Newtown, Pa., Tuesday, May 17, 2022. There were no suggestions that mail-in ballots were illegitimate or even suspect in the Republican primary, although that claim will certainly be raised in the general election. In Pennsylvania, Senate candidate Mehmet Oz got 31 percent and the result was a virtual tie.
Biden’s trip to Asia prepares for military confrontation with China
       
From the outset of the Ukraine war, the Biden administration has made not the slightest pretense of enlisting Beijing as a mediator in negotiations to end the conflict. Both South Korea and Japan are longstanding US military allies and house vital American bases that are integral to the Pentagon war planning. While the supposed North Korean threat is the pretext, the consolidation and boosting of these alliances is directed against China. When China responded by increasing its air activity near Taiwan, Washington accused China of preparing to invade. A US war with China would be a disaster for the working class in Asia and internationally.
Biden sends US troops back into Somalia
       
The Biden administration has ordered the redeployment of 450 US soldiers to Somalia at the request of the Pentagon. The United States has been militarily involved in Somalia since 1992 when it sent troops ostensibly to protect United Nations aid workers. Up to $700 billion in maritime shipping passes by Somalia every year, encompassing nearly all trade between Europe and Asia. Mohamud is a member of the Hawiye, one of the five largest and most politically influential clans in Somalia. Despite claiming to be defending democracy in Ukraine, the United States is not concerned with democracy in Somalia as long as its leaders are beholden to its imperialist aims.
Announcement on Assange’s extradition due any day as protest held in London
       
An announcement on Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States is imminent. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is taken from court, May 1, 2019. It remains unclear how an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, previously raised by Assange’s lawyers, would proceed. It is not just about Julian Assange. This criminal, illegal war was designed in the Pentagon.”Oliver commented, “I’m here today to try and defend Julian Assange.
11 die, dozens rescued from capsized migrant boat off coast of Puerto Rico
       
The passengers had been spotted in the water and did not appear to be wearing life jackets, the Coast Guard reported. The Coast Guard increased the total number of survivors to 38 in a Friday update. 'We always look for the possibility of finding survivors,' said Coast Guard spokesman Ricardo Castrodad, adding that crews worked through the night. Earlier this month, CBP detained 60 Haitian migrants that the agency said had traveled through southwest Puerto Rico. On May 4, another 59 Haitian migrants were detained in northwest Puerto Rico.
Bolsonaro advances coup plots with Brazilian military’s support
       
The incumbent far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, is systematically advancing his campaign for an electoral coup should he be defeated at the polls, with the increasingly direct collaboration of the military’s top brass. Silveira’s crimes were pardoned by President Bolsonaro, in an unprecedented act by the current political regime. Bolsonaro personally visited a demonstration held in Brasilia and appeared by video at one in São Paulo. The political crisis facing Brazil today is undeniably the gravest since 1964, the year of the CIA-backed military coup that ousted the elected president, João Goulart. Trump’s electoral coup serves as an open model for Bolsonaro in Brazil.
Bernie Sanders speaks at “Unity Fest” rally in Richmond, Virginia: A trap for Starbucks workers
       
[Credit: Battle Creek Shopper News, Facebook]Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders spoke at Unity Fest, an event on Sunday, April 24, which was organized to celebrate the successful unionization vote at five Starbucks locations in Richmond, Virginia, by Starbucks United. Lynn Fox, the president of Workers United, the parent organization of Starbucks United was also present. Starbucks United, which was formed last December with the vote in Buffalo, New York, is an affiliate of Workers United. As for Workers United, workers at Amcor were outraged when the union unilaterally imposed a contract, which workers voted down twice last July in Illinois. Workers need organizations to fight back, but they will not find it in Workers United and the official trade unions.
Contractors linked to fascist paramilitary groups paid to train police in at least 12 US states
       
A new report by Reuters details ties between Trump-aligned fascist militia groups and police departments across the country. The report identifies five “police trainers” who have been paid, with tax-payer money, by police departments in at least 12 states, including, Idaho, Washington, Texas and Missouri. The report asserts that the trainers have ties to the Oath Keepers, Three Percenters and Proud Boys militia groups. One of the trainers identified by Reuters is Richard Whitehead, the current owner of Richard Whitehead & Assoc. Morris claims his company held some 50 training classes in 2021, “about half” of which were attended by law enforcement types.
Fascist militia leader Stewart Rhodes sought Trump’s approval on January 6 for more violent attacks
       
Wilson, “a county leader for the North Carolina chapter of the Oath Keepers,” claims that he was present while Rhodes made the phone call to the close contact of Trump’s. In addition to working closely with admitted FBI informant and Proud Boy leader Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, Stone frequently employed Oath Keeper militia members as “body guards,” including the aforementioned Joshua James. In their letter requesting Jackson’s voluntary testimony, which he has since rejected, the committee revealed text messages that were exchanged between Oath Keepers during the attack on the Capitol. Ronnie Jackson—on the move,” an unidentified Oath Keeper wrote during the attack. He has critical data to protect.”The fascist Rhodes responded, “Give him my cell.”
Israel’s anti-Palestinian provocations threaten stability of Israel, Gaza, West Bank and Jordan
       
The mosque compound, holy to Jews and Muslims, has been occupied illegally along with the West Bank, Gaza and Syria’s Golan Heights since the 1967 Arab Israeli war. The previous Friday, Israel stormed the mosque compound, injuring more than 150 worshippers. Security forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse angry crowds protesting the march, injuring 79 Palestinians. As well as attacks in East Jerusalem and Gaza, Israel’s security forces have also continued their raids on towns and cities across the West Bank, arresting and shooting Palestinians. This week, two young Palestinians died from wounds sustained earlier when Israel’s security forces invaded the Jenin area.
Israel assassinates veteran Al Jazeera reporter in West Bank
       
Israeli snipers shot and killed Shireen Abu Akleh, a 51-year-old Palestinian reporter for Al Jazeera Arabic, who was covering the raids by Israeli security forces in the West Bank city of Jenin. He said there was no firing at Israeli forces by Palestinians, nor could he see any Palestinian fighters or even civilians in the area. “We were four journalists, we were all wearing vests, all wearing helmets,” Hanaysha told Al Jazeera. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists’ database, 24 journalists have been killed in Israel and the Palestinian territories since 1992. Last year, police briefly detained Givara Budeiri, another Al Jazeera reporter, during a protest in Jerusalem.
Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court justice, pressured Arizona state legislators to overturn 2020 popular vote
       
Notably, Shawnna Bolick is married to Clint Bolick, who is currently an associate justice of the Arizona Supreme Court and research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Clint has described the Supreme Court justice in previous interviews as his “mentor.” Justice Thomas also serves as godfather to Clint’s second son. In December 2020, Virginia Thomas continued to try to pressure Arizona lawmakers into rejecting the popular vote. Following Trump’s defeat, the group played a prominent role in amplifying Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was rigged. Those texts were revealed earlier this year, following an admission from Virginia Thomas that she was in Washington D.C. at the Ellipse on January 6, 2021.
May Day 2022: Lessons of the French election between Macron and Le Pen
       
This is the report delivered by Alex Lantier to the 2022 International May Day Online Rally held on May 1. A class gulf separates the attitude of workers toward the war from that of the ruling class in France. But the brutal NATO offensive against Russia, and the threat of a nuclear escalation, worry the vast majority of the French population. Macron is aligned completely with Washington and NATO, who openly state their aim is to “break the back” of Russia. Under the cover of Macron’s “liberal” imagery, the French capitalist class is following a far-right foreign policy.
May Day 2022: The revolutionary role of the American working class
       
What has always distinguished the Trotskyist movement was not only its understanding of the central role of American imperialism, but of the enormous social and political power that is the American working class. In the course of its conflict with Russia, the American ruling class has begun to speak of the wealth of the Russian oligarchs. For nearly half a century, the American ruling class waged one-sided class warfare. There is in the American working class a deep hostility and anger toward the entire political establishment. The American working class has a long and proud tradition of class struggle.
Protests against hike in food and fuel prices across Middle East and North Africa
       
The Middle East and North Africa has been ravaged for decades by US-led wars and economic sanctions. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)The impact on global food supplies, particularly of corn, wheat, barley, sunflower oil and seeds, and on prices is immense. The Middle East and North Africa is home to some of the largest humanitarian and refugee crises in the world. The government’s mismanagement of the pandemic and the rise in world food and fuel prices has compounded Iran’s already difficult financial position. It announced the closure of all schools and workplaces, not just in Tehran but elsewhere where there are strikes and protests.
Little Nightmares II: Confronting and escaping from a rotting, dystopian world
       
Little Nightmares II is more restrained and atmospheric. Like most Little Nightmares enemies, The Hunter appears to be driven by mindless instinct, emphasized by the mounted human faces and corpses that appear as trophies throughout his mildew-ridden abode. Little Nightmares II, however, removes socio-economic issues (including social inequality) as the driving force behind totalitarianism. The consequence of Little Nightmares II’s lack of critical depth and social precision manifests itself in some of its main set pieces, leading to confusion or oversimplification. Little Nightmares (2017) box artThe original Little Nightmares in 2017 also expresses unclarity.
Trump rebuffed in Georgia Republican primary elections
       
The fifth state, Minnesota, held a primary election in only a single congressional district, to choose nominees to fill the vacancy created by the death of Republican Rep. Jim Hagedorn. The most publicized rebuff to this effort came in Georgia, where Republican Governor Brian Kemp and Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger turned back challengers endorsed by Trump. Kemp defeated former US Sen. David Perdue in a landslide, winning 74 percent of the Republican primary vote compared to 22 percent for Perdue. The Republican Governors Association pumped $5 million into the Kemp campaign, while Trump directed $2.64 million from his own political action committee (PAC) to Perdue, his sole substantial donation to any Republican primary candidate. In Arkansas, Trump’s former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders won the Republican primary for governor easily.
Biden marks two year anniversary of police murder of George Floyd by signing pro-cop executive order
       
Pittsburgh rally to protest the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Since the murder of Floyd, police have continued to kill at a steady pace. The site found that there were only 15 days in 2021 when police did not kill someone, and only 18 in 2020. Prior to signing the executive order, Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris gave speeches presenting it as a meaningful step towards “accountability” and a way to “build trust” between bourgeois cops and the working class. Justin Feldman, Sofia Ruskin, Brent Coull and Nancy Kreiger found that “[o]verall, police-related death rates were highest in neighborhoods with the greatest concentrations of low-income residents...”Biden’s executive order, ostensibly aimed at “reforming” the police, will do nothing of the sort.
US government awards $10 billion NSA cloud contract to Amazon
       
After months of evaluation, the National Security Agency of the United States decided in April to award a $10 billion cloud computing contract to Amazon Web Services (AWS), over an outcry from rival tech giant Microsoft. Known as “Wild and Stormy,” the contract is not the same as the much reported and similarly priced $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract from the Department of Defense that was also the subject of competing bids from AWS and Microsoft. Although the NSA originally awarded the Wild and Stormy cloud contract to AWS in the summer of 2021, a challenge from Microsoft led the Government Accountability Office to direct the agency last October to reevaluate contract proposals from both bidders. Reporting on the Wild and Stormy contract has largely been limited to government and tech-focused publications, but some commentators in and around the Democratic Party have expressed anxiety over the award. Other commentators have pointed to the Biden administration’s alleged “hypocrisy” in awarding the NSA cloud contract to Amazon despite the White House’s previous pledges that it would prioritize contractors that allow their employees to join unions.
“The lives of working class Americans are expendable to the ruling class”—US workers speak on Texas school massacre
       
This can’t be legislated by the oligarchs from the outside, it has to be changed by the working class from the inside.”Elizabeth, an RN in Los Angeles County, California, said, “As a working class registered nurse, I have come to realize that the lives of working class Americans are expendable to the ruling class. “Uvalde is a rural community with a population of approximately 15,000 working class people with many living below the poverty. I see it as a mirror of the violence that capitalism commits against the working class here and internationally. I believe we must unite with our international working class brothers and sisters and fight for a socialist revolution! Just one day after the school shooting a student was arrested at a Texas high school with a pistol and a rifle in his car at the school.
Biden’s summits in South Korea and Japan strengthen anti-China alliances
       
Holding summits with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Saturday and Monday respectively, Biden’s goal has been to prepare allies for stepping up Washington’s confrontation with China. Though Biden’s joint statement with Yoon did not explicitly mention China, the target was clear. Biden and Kishida were far less restrained, however, criticizing Beijing over territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas and hypocritically expressing concerns over “human rights” in Hong Kong and Xinjiang. For more than a decade now, bilateral relations between South Korea and Japan have been bitter, with Seoul exploiting anti-Japanese sentiment to distract from deteriorating domestic conditions and Tokyo’s remilitarization also raising concerns. Biden stated that 13 nations would initially take part in the plan, including both Japan and South Korea.
US arms Taiwan to prepare a Ukraine-style quagmire for China
       
US President Biden’s trip to Asia has brought the mounting tensions with China over Taiwan into sharp focus. The corollary was “strategic ambiguity”—refusing to categorically commit to siding with Taiwan in a war with China. That policy was aimed not only at warding off aggression by China, but also at blocking provocative actions by Taiwan. Now having transformed Ukraine into a military quagmire to weaken and destabilise Russia, US imperialism is deliberately setting and baiting a similar trap for China in Taiwan. Buoyed by “success” in Ukraine, US plans for a protracted military conflict on Taiwan against the Chinese military are being rapidly advanced.
The Uvalde massacre and the tragedy of school shootings in America
       
The massacre at Robb Elementary was the 19th school shooting so far this year. There have been 213 mass shootings where four or more people were killed or injured. Columbine now ranks as only the sixth deadliest school shooting in American history. The growing phenomenon of school shootings and mass shootings in general is a symptom of the advanced decay and breakdown of American society. An average of three people are killed every day by the police, adding up to more than 1,000 deaths every year, far above the total from school shootings in even the deadliest years.
As Russia war rages on, US secretary of state declares China the “most serious long-term challenge”
       
“Even as President Putin’s war continues, we will remain focused on the most serious long-term challenge to the international order—and that’s posed by the People’s Republic of China,” Blinken said. Blinken continued, “Now, China is a global power with extraordinary reach, influence, and ambition. Blinken delivered blood-curdling threats, followed immediately by a declaration that the United States is not threatening anyone. The US is funneling weapons to Taiwan, seeking to turn the island into a front-line war zone against China, similarly to the way Ukraine is being used in the war against Russia. Blinken’s warmongering against China comes as the United States is intensifying its own involvement in the Ukraine war.
Uvalde Texas police, Border Patrol, refused to engage Robb Elementary shooter for over an hour
       
McCraw could not answer why a school resource officer was not on the scene when Ramos crashed his vehicle and began shooting at bystanders. McCraw could not answer how many children he thought bled out while police waited in the hallway to engage the shooter. McCraw could not confirm if Arredondo was aware that children locked inside the classroom with the active shooter Ramos were calling for help for nearly an hour. At 12:36 p.m. the initial caller, who had been trapped inside the school with Ramos for over an hour, called back again. While Ramos did lock the door from the inside once he was inside the classroom, there were windows facing out that were accessible by police.
In wake of Texas school shooting, Trump glorifies police and vigilante violence at NRA convention
       
The audience, packed with active and retired police and military personnel, responded with roars of approval and chants for Trump in 2024. Across from the George R. Brown Convention Center, the site of the NRA meeting, some 1,000 protesters demonstrated to demand gun control measures. Anger over the endless wave of school shootings is very real, with students walking out at a number of schools across the US. Friday’s protest outside the NRA convention was addressed by Texas Representative Sheila Jackson Lee and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke. Even this token measure is unlikely to survive opposition from Trump and the Republican Party.
Canadian imperialism’s fascist friends—Part 5: Mobilize the working class against the US-NATO war with Russia and fascist reaction!
       
The first part introduced Canadian imperialism’s long-standing alliance with far-right Ukrainian nationalism. Part four traced how the Canadian state provided refuge to the Nazis’ OUN accomplices and incubated and promoted far-right Ukrainian nationalism. With virtually each passing day Washington, with the enthusiastic backing of the Trudeau Liberal government and the entire Canadian political establishment, announces further arms shipments to Ukraine and expanded war aims. They provided the Nazi’s OUN collaborators refuge, assisted them in whitewashing their crimes and promoted far-right Ukrainian nationalism as an instrument of Canadian imperialist foreign and domestic policy. She is also playing an important role in imperialist war councils and, according to all reports, in shaping the actions of the Ukrainian government.
Critical resources, imperialism and the war against Russia
       
Critical minerals and the growth of the productive forcesThe United States and its imperialist allies are in a scramble for so-called critical minerals and metals. The United States, China and critical mineralsAmong the fifty critical minerals cited by the US government, what is remarkable is that barely any of them are primarily produced within the United States. Below is detailed several major critical minerals, their use, and the role of Russia in their production and reserves. Amidst the incredible development of advance electronics and renewable energy technologies, critical minerals are expected to boom in the coming decades. Amid the enduring need for oil and natural gas, as well as the rapidly growing need for critical minerals, Russia is seen as a vital landmass with a vast array of riches.
Georgia Probe Of Trump's Demand To 'Find' Him Votes Expands: Now Weighing Racketeering Issues
       
The Georgia probe into Donald Trump’s bombshell demand that a state official “find” him more votes after the 2020 presidential election is now ramping up, and could expand into consideration of racketeering charges over various GOP attempts to upend the vote. Raffensperger denied Trump’s call for votes, and said investigations had proven the election was legitimate. But the potential crimes go far beyond Trump’s phone call. Willis is also weighing racketeering and other possible charges involving a number of activities aimed at throwing out state election results, she told The New York Times. That scheme could lead to fraud charges, Willis indicated.
Georgia investigation into Trump's efforts to overturn 2020 election ramps up
       
“Based on her pugnacity, it looks like it’s full steam ahead,” said one lawyer representing a client who has been contacted by Willis’s team of investigators and prosecutors. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in Glennville, Ga., on April 14. Story continues“The process of hearing from witnesses is starting June 1,” said Jeff DiSantis, a spokesman for Willis. As a result, Raffensperger will now be among the lead witnesses next week while multiple Georgia state officials — including Gov. A grand jury subpoena relating to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis' investigation into former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia.
Trump has only one thing left
       
Candidates have to do one thing to win Trump's endorsementThe notable thing about the evolution of Trumpism is it’s only about one thing these days: Trump’s 2020 election lies. It’s the main thing Trump talks about now, and candidates must support the fantasy that Trump won in 2020 to earn Trump’s endorsement. Kemp stomped Perdue by 52 points, suggesting the vast majority of Georgia Republicans don’t believe Perdue, or don’t care. If Trump’s candidates largely sweep in 2022, that could clear the way for a Trump presidential campaign in 2024. Trump has a pathological aversion to losing, which is where his 2020 election lies came from, and voters may finally be saying, enough of that.
Republican primaries offer look into future of Trumpism without Trump
       
The former US president suffered some humiliation on Tuesday when four candidates he handpicked in Georgia lost Republican primary elections in a landslide. The hard-right, nativist-populist strain of Republican politics predates Trump and will surely survive him. Attorney general Chris Carr and insurance commissioner John King, both opposed by Trump, prevailed in their primaries too. Trump continues to raise vast sums of money and command loyalty from most Republicans in Congress as well as from the Republican National Committee. This is Trump’s party and everything that’s happened this primary season just continues to reflect that … Wake me up when an anti-Trump Republican wins a primary.
Trump at NRA meeting: 'Evil' like Texas massacre a reason to arm, not disarm
       
Crowds listen as Former US President Donald Trump speaks during the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual convention in Houston, Texas, US May 27, 2022. Former US president Donald Trump rejected calls for tightened gun controls Friday following the Texas school massacre, saying decent Americans should be allowed the firearms they need to defend themselves against "evil." Advertising Read more"The existence of evil in our world is not a reason to disarm law-abiding citizens... Trump's remarks came as he headlined an NRA event in Houston, three days after a gun massacre at a Texas elementary school reignited the tinderbox debate about US gun control. They include a racist massacre at a supermarket in a Black neighborhood of Buffalo, New York, just 10 days before the Texas killings.
US should prioritise school security funding over Ukraine aid: Trump
       
Former US President said that the Washington government should prioritise funding for school security in the country rather than sending aid to the war-torn Ukraine. Trump also rejected calls for tightened gun controls, saying decent Americans should be allowed firearms to defend themselves against "evil", the BBC reported. The former President also read out the names of the Uvalde shooting victims, with each marked by a bell toll. The NRA convention is expected to draw 55,000 attendees, who are prohibited from bringing "firearms, firearm accessories, knives, and other items", including backpacks and selfie sticks. As of Tuesday when the Uvalde school shooting occurred, over 31,300 people have died or been injured due to gun-related incidents in the US this year.
NRA speakers unshaken on gun rights after school massacre
       
Once among the most powerful political organizations in the country, the NRA has seen its influence wane following a significant drop in political spending. According to a district safety plan, Uvalde schools have a wide range of safety measures in place. Outside the convention hall, protesters gathered in a park where police set up metal barriers — some holding crosses with photos of the Uvalde shooting victims. Samuel Thornburg, 43, a maintenance worker for Southwest Airlines in Houston who was attending the NRA meeting, said: “Guns are not evil. ___More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/school-shootings .
Live Updates: Russians Air Misgivings About the War
       
Kevin Roberts, the president of the Heritage Foundation, pushed back against the $40 billion military and humanitarian aid bill for Ukraine. In a move that seized the attention of conservatives across Washington, Jessica Anderson, the executive director of Heritage’s lobbying operation, released a searing statement — its headline blaring “Ukraine Aid Package Puts America Last” — that framed the measure as reckless and ill-considered. In the months leading up to the vote on the Ukraine aid bill, Heritage’s policy experts argued in favor of an aggressive American role in the conflict, including huge amounts of aid. And if that’s the case, are you still a public policy organization that’s putting out cutting-edge research? “What I’ve found frustrating in the last couple of weeks among all the commentary,” Mr. Roberts said in the interview with Mr. Hawley, “is that somehow we’re being disingenuous by saying, ‘Why can’t we build the wall at the Southern border?
How My Hometown Produced a Jan. 6 Sedition Suspect
       
!” Clarke County has only about 14,000 residents living along the north spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains. For years, Russell has volunteered to work the Clarke County Democrats booth at the weekend farmers market. I asked Bev McKay, a Republican on the Clarke County Board of Supervisors, how local government could best work to counter extremism. Back on my laptop, I logged into a closed Facebook group for residents called Clarke County Land of the Free. I stopped by the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office to meet Sheriff Tony Roper.
Biden's Treasury Department renews Chevron's oil license to operate in Venezuela
       
The U.S. Treasury Department renewed a license Friday for Chevron to operate its oil production in Venezuela, a country sanctioned by the U.S., potentially setting up a broader license agreement later in the year. Under the current license, Chevron is allowed to continue to maintain its staff and operation infrastructure as well as payments on third-party invoices, local taxes and utility services. The license allows Chevron to conduct "transactions and activities necessary for safety or the preservation of assets in Venezuela," according to the report. A positive outcome of these meetings could result in restoring oil transactions between the U.S. and Venezuela. Chevron's new license extends its current agreement through the end of November.
NRA stance: Speakers unshaken on gun rights after school massacre
       
And one by one, they insisted that further restricting access to firearms was not the answer to preventing future tragedies. According to a district safety plan, Uvalde schools have a wide range of safety measures in place. Kristi Noem, another potential presidential contender, said calls to further restrict gun access are “all about control and it is garbage. Outside the convention hall, protesters gathered in a park where police set up metal barriers — some holding crosses with photos of the Uvalde shooting victims. Samuel Thornburg, 43, a maintenance worker for Southwest Airlines in Houston who was attending the NRA meeting, said: “Guns are not evil.
As US mourns shootings, NRA in turmoil but influence remains
       
But in 40 years of working to loosen gun laws, the NRA has largely set the cultural tone on the right and is still the most prominent. “The NRA is becoming really a shell of its former self,” said former NRA board member Rocky Marshall. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which represents gun sellers, spent over $4.8 million on lobbying last year, reaching parity with the NRA. It's avoided heated partisan rhetoric and has a growing influence as the NRA star has waned. For gun owners who traveled from around the country for the convention, the NRA remains a lodestar.
Republicans Block Bill to Monitor Their Violent Allies
       
Yesterday, Senate Republicans voted down a bill to strengthen the federal government’s ability to monitor domestic extremism. But it has much larger significance as another indicator of the Republican Party’s unwillingness to dislodge the faction of violent extremists that has gained a foothold on its right flank. If this was remotely true, of course, a natural response would be to enhance government monitoring of violent extremists. Of those, right-wing extremists committed about three-quarters, with Islamic extremists responsible for an additional 20 percent. The Republican Party mainstream may feel discomfort or even disgust at the white nationalists and vigilante networks inspired by Trump.
NRA convention in Texas: Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick pull out; Houston braces for protests after Uvalde school shooting
       
"If the city can cancel the rodeo for public health, isn't this an issue of public safety?" He opened acknowledging the Uvalde tragedy, and asked for a moment of silence as he read the names of the 21 victims.Trump echoed Gov. "None of us will understand the manifest evil that happened on that day in Uvalde," Cruz said, relating his time in the grief-stricken town this week. "Anthony Segura, an NRA trainer in Houston from New Mexico, is attending the conference and said what happened in Uvalde hit him hard as his daughter-in-law is a teacher. "I can honestly say three nights ago, I didn't sleep all night thinking about it," said Segura.
Defiant Kevin McCarthy Challenges Subpoena Authority Of Jan. 6 Committee
       
His apparent defiance presents a new challenge for the committee after lawmakers decided to take the extraordinary and politically risky step of subpoenaing their own colleagues. It could refer the lawmakers to the House ethics committee or take steps to hold them in contempt. The subpoenas were issued to McCarthy, Jordan, and Reps. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Mo Brooks of Alabama in mid-May. McCarthy and the others were summoned to testify in front of investigators this week and next week. The lawyers also wrote that McCarthy and Scalise filed the brief “out of concern for the potential damage to House institutional” rules and order.
Georgia Probe Of Trump's Demand To 'Find' Him Votes Expands: Now Weighing Racketeering Issues
       
AdvertisementRaffensperger denied Trump’s call for votes, and said investigations had proven the election was legitimate. But the potential crimes go far beyond Trump’s phone call. Willis is also weighing racketeering and other possible charges involving a number of activities aimed at throwing out state election results, she told The New York Times. That scheme could lead to fraud charges, Willis indicated. In his bombshell phone call, there was no demand for a recount — but merely a demand to “find” just enough votes to put him over the top.
Emmanuel Macron: The movie (president)
       
“To Moscow … I think it’s the moment,” French President Emmanuel Macron replies, with a devastating eyebrow raise. The premise of “5 ans à l’Elysée” is given away by its title. The movie has no voiceover, features no interviews and only gives crumbs of context by playing soundbites from newscasters. There’s social drama as Macron looks up at balconies where working-class tenants ask him to do more for young people. It makes 5 ans a unique piece of filmmaking, a propaganda movie without any real purpose, except to pay homage to cinéma-vérité and YouTube vlogging.
As US mourns shootings, NRA in turmoil but influence remains
       
The gridlock, which remains even as public opinion supports some tighter gun laws, offers testament to the enduring influence of gun rights groups, which have spent $171 million lobbying the federal government since 1989. But in 40 years of working to loosen gun laws, the NRA has largely set the cultural tone on the right and is still the most prominent. “The NRA is becoming really a shell of its former self,” said former NRA board member Rocky Marshall. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which represents gun sellers, spent over $4.8 million on lobbying last year, reaching parity with the NRA. For gun owners who traveled from around the country for the convention, the NRA remains a lodestar.
Watch: NRA Meets in Houston Amid Protests After Uvalde School Shooting
       
Protesters demonstrating for tighter gun control gathered outside the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Houston on Friday, where former president Donald Trump called for increased security measures at schools, after a gunman killed 21 people at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, earlier in the week. Photo: Mark Felix/Bloomberg News
LETTER: Letter writer says Joe Biden isn’t to blame
       
President Joe Biden waves from the top of the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. She tells us nothing that has gone wrong over the past two years is President Joe Biden’s fault. Has she forgotten when all things wrong were President Donald Trump’s fault? Remember when Mr. Biden told us “the buck stops here,” no more excuses? Mr. Biden continues to tear this country apart, as our Southern border is destroyed and he continues to divide us by race and gender.
NRA speakers unshaken on gun rights after school massacre
       
Once among the most powerful political organizations in the country, the NRA has seen its influence wane following a significant drop in political spending. According to a district safety plan, Uvalde schools have a wide range of safety measures in place. Outside the convention hall, protesters gathered in a park where police set up metal barriers — some holding crosses with photos of the Uvalde shooting victims. Samuel Thornburg, 43, a maintenance worker for Southwest Airlines in Houston who was attending the NRA meeting, said: “Guns are not evil. ___More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/school-shootings.
Lowry: Kemp & Pence are heroes of the Republican Party
       
Unlike Earp and his posse, though, Trump didn’t get his man or any of his confederates, and Gov. Instead, he pulled the strings to create a state-wide vengeance slate challenging everyone from Kemp on down. The tale of the tape is that Perdue got 21.8% of the vote, Jones got 21.6%, and Witt got 16.7%. Republican primary voters in Georgia clearly favored moving beyond an all-consuming focus on 2020 and opposed Trump continuing to make the state his political plaything. But in refusing to play by the rules as set by Trump, they have shown courage that should be encouraging to others in the party.
AP News Summary at 11:50 p.m. EDT
       
Official: Girl told 911 'send the police now' as cops waitedUVALDE, Texas (AP) — Students trapped inside a Texas classroom with a gunman repeatedly called 911 as officers waited more than an hour to confront the shooter. And one by one, they insisted that changing U.S. gun laws or further restricting access to firearms was not the answer. But by Friday, the Texas Department of Public Safety said the information was in a private message. Airlines say bookings are running at record levels, and spending on U.S. flights is running ahead of 2019 levels. With a victory at home Sunday, the Heat would advance to the NBA Finals for the second time in three years.
AP News Summary at 12:25 a.m. EDT
       
Official: Girl told 911 'send the police now' as cops waitedUVALDE, Texas (AP) — Students trapped inside a Texas classroom with a gunman repeatedly called 911 as officers waited more than an hour to confront the shooter. And one by one, they insisted that changing U.S. gun laws or further restricting access to firearms was not the answer. A gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday. AP FACT CHECK: NRA speakers distort gun and crime statisticsWASHINGTON (AP) — An AP Fact Check is examining rhetoric from the National Rifle Association's annual meeting. Former President Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz were among the speakers who distorted the security situation at the Uvalde, Texas, school where a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers.
Trump says Texas school shooting was 'savage and barbaric' but criticises those pushing for stricter gun laws
       
Donald Trump has described the most recent US school shooting as a "savage and barbaric atrocity" but has criticised those who have called for stricter gun laws. The former US president was a guest speaker at the convention in Houston of the National Rifle Association, a gun rights group. The convention was taking place just a few days after 19 children and two teachers were shot dead at a primary school in the city of Uvalde, Texas. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 3:33 Texas: Could more have been done? He said: "As the age-old saying goes, the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
Tony Evers: Ron Johnson's comments linking 'wokeness' to school shootings are 'breathtaking'
       
In the interview, Johnson said the solution lies in teaching “values” in schools instead of “wokeness” and critical race theory. His comments came days after a gunman in Texas killed 21 people, almost all of whom were elementary school students. Elections panelEvers also said he was disappointed to see Knudson’s abrupt resignation from the state Elections Commission earlier this week. “I can’t think of anybody less capable and less prepared to sit on the Wisconsin Elections Commission than (Gableman),” Evers said. Wisconsin State Journal reporter Alexander Shur contributed to this report.
At N.R.A. Convention, the Blame Is on ‘Evil,’ Not Guns
       
Senator Ted Cruz, who preceded Mr. Trump on the podium, began his speech with a tribute to the dead in Uvalde. “Now is not the time to yield to panic,” Mr. Cruz said. Wayne LaPierre, the embattled head of the N.R.A., opened the convention by calling out “the evil” of the attack in Uvalde. members, along with journalists, began streaming into the George R. Brown Convention Center late on Thursday for a three-day convention scheduled from Friday through Sunday. “Our deepest sympathies are with the families and victims involved in this horrific and evil crime,” the N.R.A.
Biden prepares asylum overhaul at border, but court challenges loom
       
Choose your plan ArrowRight Biden officials say the changes are expected to reduce court backlogs and make it easier for authorities to deport those who don’t qualify for protection. Biden officials describe the “Asylum Officer Rule” as their most significant border policy initiative to date, with the ability to streamline a system with a backlog of nearly 400,000 pending cases. Biden’s other recent border policy initiatives have hit snags in federal courts. Immigrant advocates have long opposed the Title 42 order, describing it as a Trump-era enforcement tool enacted under the guise of public health. AdvertisementSummerhays’s ruling focused primarily on the migration-related implications of lifting Title 42, not the public health rationale.
Whistleblower report on baby formula didn’t reach top FDA food safety official
       
How does this happen?” Yiannas, who previously ran the food safety program for Walmart, the nation’s largest grocer, told The Washington Post. (Video: Blair Guild/The Washington Post)Neither of the FDA’s food policy divisions has to report to Yiannas, and neither do the agency’s food safety inspectors. Before Califf was appointed, food safety problems were reported directly to Principal Deputy Commissioner Janet Woodcock, another physician who was acting commissioner when the whistleblower complaint arrived. When FDA inspectors ultimately returned to the plant in 2021, they documented a host of new food safety problems at the Abbott plant. “This really hit me between the eyes,” said Phyllis Entis, a food safety microbiologist of 50 years who reviewed the inspection reports.
The reinvention of a ‘real man’
       
Masculinity in America The reinvention of a ‘real man’ In cowboy country, a father and husband troubled by suicide reimagines American masculinity, one conversation at a time Loading... Bill Hawley, left, speaks with a veteran in Buffalo, Wyo. One Wyoming man at a time, he hopes to till soil for a new kind of American masculinity. But in a time when there are so many competing visions of masculinity — across America and even across Wyoming — Bill is questioning what a real man is anyway. About half of all White men in the country own guns, compared to about a quarter of Black and Latino men. Bill is once again thinking about what it means to be a real man.
Police made ‘wrong decision’ not to pursue Uvalde gunman, official says
       
A female student first called 911 nearly half an hour after the gunman entered the school, McCraw said, and then called back several times. AdvertisementWithin minutes of getting the key, they were inside, the official said, and the gunman came out firing at them. The timeline once the gunman arrived at the school underscores how much the official narrative has been recast again and again. On Thursday, another official with his agency said there was no confrontation at all and the gunman never encountered an officer. Once the gunman got inside the school, McCraw said Friday, he quickly began firing into a classroom, unleashing “more than 100 rounds” at that time.
At Justice Dept., police reform means partnership as much as punishment
       
Choose your plan ArrowRight King’s case spurred Congress to grant the Justice Department landmark powers to investigate police departments that show a pattern of misconduct. “Together,” she said, “we’re going to tackle the most pressing issues.”Gupta was urging police to seek help from a new Justice Department resource center. A big piece of the answer, Justice officials say, is convincing police to take ownership of the push for change. Some police leaders expressed relief that the Justice Department has been less heavy-handed than they expected when Biden took office. At the request of Columbus officials, the Justice Department is conducting a review of the city’s police policies.
Daily Beast issues apology to laptop repairman amid lawsuit after claiming Hunter Biden's laptop was 'stolen'
       
The Daily Beast issued an apology to the laptop repairman who first obtained Hunter Biden's computer after the liberal blog erroneously alleged the device was "stolen." HUNTER BIDEN LAPTOP REPAIRMAN SUES SCHIFF, CNN POLITICO, DAILY BEAST"An earlier version of this story mistakenly referred to Hunter Biden's laptop as ‘stolen.’ We have removed that word, and we apologize to Mr. Mac Isaac for the error," the Beast wrote. It is unclear if the apology is tied to any resolution to Mac Isaac's suit against the Daily Beast. A spokesperson for the Daily Beast did not directly respond to Fox News' inquiry regarding the status of its legal battle. The Times reported that while Hunter Biden has "paid off a significant tax liability," a federal grand jury has subpoenaed witnesses and documents regarding his foreign business dealings.
Stephen Miller warns of 'irrevocable' damage if Republicans don't take back Congress in midterm elections
       
Former Trump adviser Stephen Miller said President Biden does not have the "presence of mind" to control his own government on Friday's "Jesse Watters Primetime." He called for a "thunderous repudiation" in the November midterm elections to thwart "permanent and irrevocable" damage. STEPHEN MILLER: It's been the most disastrous first half of a presidency that I think has occurred in American history. And so there needs to be a thunderous repudiation, a historic repudiation in November. He doesn't have the presence of mind to control his own government, even if he wanted to.
Donald Trump's Chant Of Uvalde Victims' Names At NRA Rally Curdles Critics' Blood
       
Former President Donald Trump’s mangled recitation of the names of the 21 Uvalde, Texas, mass shooting victims at the National Rifle Association’s convention on Friday made Twitter critics’ blood run cold. The names of the 19 children and two teachers, broken up into hardly recognizable syllables in Trump’s stumbling pronunciation, were interspersed with the funereal sound of a gong. They have Trump trying to pronounce and read the names of the dead children while the NRA rings a bell. — beth, an alien (@bourgeoisalien) May 27, 2022Many were dumbfounded by Trump’s apparent lack of preparation to read the names of the dead children and their teachers. — ©arolBlues? ? (@CBluesDC) May 27, 2022Reading the names of the victims at an NRA rally is the most abhorrent thing one can do.
'It's straight out of a playbook': At NRA convention, conspiracy theories abound
       
But at the NRA meeting in Houston, less than 300 miles away, the shooting had been reduced to a sling stone in the broader culture wars. People gather outside the George R. Brown Convention Center to protest the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Houston. But they were no more prevalent than the conference attendees who were entertaining conspiracy theories, uncertain whether the left was setting them up. | Michael Wyke/AP PhotoThe NRA meeting was not unaffected by the shooting. Nationally — and even in heavily Republican Texas — public polling reflects broad support for stricter gun measures.
Trump loses appeal, must testify in New York civil investigation
       
Associated PressA federal judge on Friday dismissed Donald Trump’s lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James, rejecting the former president’s claim that she targeted him out of political animus and allowing her civil investigation into his business practices to continue. In a 43-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Brenda Sannes wrote that case law bars federal judges from interfering in state-level investigations, with limited exceptions, and that there wasn't evidence to support the Republican's contention that James, a Democrat, was proceeding in bad faith because of their differing political views. Sannes, who was appointed in 2014 by former President Barack Obama, a Democrat, said James had a legitimate basis for investigating Trump and his company, the Trump Organization, and that Trump failed to show that recent court proceedings seeking to enforce subpoenas on him were “commenced for the purpose of retaliation.”
Trump loses appeal, must testify in New York civil probe
       
James lauded the ruling, which came just two weeks after the appellate panel heard oral arguments in the case. Judith Vale, arguing on behalf of James’ office, countered there was ample evidence from the civil investigation to support subpoenas for the Trumps’ testimony. Anything Trump says in a civil deposition in James’ investigation could be used against him in the criminal probe being overseen by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. Thursday's appellate court ruling was the latest in a flurry of legal activity involving Trump and the attorney general’s investigation in the last few weeks. On Monday, James’ office said it had subpoenaed Trump’s longtime executive assistant, Rhona Graff, and planned to question her under oath next week in the probe.
Trump must testify in New York probe, appeals court rules
       
By Jan Wolfe(Reuters) -Former U.S. President Donald Trump must testify under oath in the New York Attorney General’s civil investigation into his business practices, an intermediate state appeals court ruled on Thursday. A four-judge panel unanimously upheld a trial court decision from February enforcing subpoenas for Trump and his two eldest children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, to provide deposition testimony in Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation. "Once again, the courts have ruled that Donald Trump must comply with our lawful investigation into his financial dealings," James said in a statement. In January, James said her nearly three-year investigation into the Trump Organization had uncovered significant evidence of possible fraud https://www.reuters.com/world/us/ny-attorney-general-details-possible-fraud-donald-trumps-family-business-2022-01-19. The appeals court rejected those arguments, saying James reviewed "significant volumes of evidence" before issuing the subpoenas.
Republican Texas gov Abbott to address NRA meet via video - NBC News
       
(Reuters) - Texas' Republican Governor Greg Abbott will not attend in person the National Rifle Association's (NRA) annual meeting starting on Friday, days after the elementary school shooting in Uvalde in which 19 children and two teachers were killed, NBC News reported. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and former President Donald Trump are scheduled to address the gun-rights group. Abbott will now address the group with recorded video remarks and will make a return trip to Uvalde, NBC News said on Thursday, citing a statement from his spokesman. Abbott, who is seeking re-election in November, has said that stringent gun laws do not prevent violence, citing states such as New York, and that policymakers should instead focus on mental health treatment and prevention. Both the NRA and Abbott's office did not respond to requests for comment outside regular business hours.
Trump Does a Little Dance at NRA Gun Celebration Days After Uvalde Massacre
       
The NRA played a recording of a bell clanging as the former president strained to pronounce the names of the victims. More from Rolling StoneTrump echoed Republican lawmakers and conservative pundits by bashing Democrats for “virtue cycling” in the wake the massacre, blaming the shooting on everything but guns, and proposing a series of impractical solutions to the epidemic of mass shootings in America. Trump did propose ensuring classroom doors are lockable from the inside as a way to cut down on school shootings. “There is no sign more inviting to a mass killer than a sign that declares a gun free zone,” he said, to more applause. A speech where Trump read the names of the victims ends like this pic.twitter.com/fQZxrB9OiI — Acyn (@Acyn) May 27, 2022At least “Macho Man” wasn’t playing.
Days after Uvalde massacre, Trump rejects gun reforms at NRA event
       
With the country reeling from the latest mass shooting, the NRA gathering proved too fraught for some Republicans and entertainers to attend. “And unlike some, I didn’t disappoint you by not showing up,” Trump said early in his remarks, a reference to Texas Gov. People protesting gun laws outside the NRA annual convention in Houston. (Daniel Kramer/Reuters)Republicans have sought to turn the discourse about guns into a referendum on Democratic policies in cities like Chicago, where gun violence has persisted at alarmingly high levels despite strict gun laws. Defenders of gun control point to the fact that weak gun laws in neighboring states effectively frustrate any efforts on Chicago’s part.
At NRA convention, Trump says he mourns those killed in the Uvalde massacre
       
At a National Rifle Association meeting in Houston, former President Donald Trump said he is grieving with the families of those murdered in the Uvalde school shooting on Tuesday. Video TranscriptDONALD TRUMP: Each precious young soul that was taken is an incomprehensible loss, literally not comprehensible, stolen from us by a malice that no words can describe, sickness. The monster who committed this crime is pure evil, pure cruelty, pure hatred, absolute pure hatred. And while those he slaughtered are now with God in heaven, he will be eternally damned to burn in the fires of hell. We see their agony, we ask God to ease their suffering and to heal their pain and together we grieve side by side as one great American family.
Guns will be banned during Donald Trump's speech at the NRA conference
       
Texas politicians and former President Donald Trump are scheduled to address a leadership forum sponsored by the NRA’s lobbying arm. That policy predates the Uvalde school shooting and the same parameters were in place when then-Vice President Mike Pence made an appearance at the 2018 convention. Uvalde school shooting proves it didn't. “So, it’s not about us canceling the convention,” Turner said. That’s wrong.”TRUMP confirms he still plans to speak at NRA convention in Texas.
Donald Trump's Chant Of Uvalde Victims' Names At NRA Rally Curdles Critics' Blood
       
Former President Donald Trump’s mangled recitation of the names of the 21 Uvalde, Texas, mass shooting victims at the National Rifle Association’s convention on Friday made Twitter critics’ blood run cold. The names of the 19 children and two teachers, broken up into hardly recognizable syllables in Trump’s stumbling pronunciation, were interspersed with the funereal sound of a gong. They have Trump trying to pronounce and read the names of the dead children while the NRA rings a bell. — beth, an alien (@bourgeoisalien) May 27, 2022Many were dumbfounded by Trump’s apparent lack of preparation to read the names of the dead children and their teachers. — ©arolBlues? ? (@CBluesDC) May 27, 2022Reading the names of the victims at an NRA rally is the most abhorrent thing one can do.
This week in Bidenomics: Debt bomb
       
The federal budget deficit will drop from $2.8 trillion in 2021 to around $1 trillion this year, and to a bit less in 2023. Net interest payments in 2021 were $352 billion, or a manageable 5.2% of all outlays. By 2032, CBO expects net interest payments to triple to $1.2 trillion, which would be 13.4% of all outlays. Could we really spend more on interest payments than we do on the Pentagon every year? And the higher interest rates go, the sooner federal interest payments will gobble up taxpayer funding.
Girl told 911 ‘send the police now’ as Texas cops waited, official says
       
Crosses with the names of Tuesday's shooting victims are placed outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Thursday, May 26, 2022. But another 47 minutes passed before the Border Patrol tactical team breached the door, McCraw said. Ramos killed 19 children and two teachers inside the room. It was 11:28 a.m. Tuesday when Ramos’ Ford pickup slammed into a ditch behind the low-slung Texas school and the driver jumped out carrying an AR-15-style rifle. Contrary to earlier statements by officials, a school district police officer was not at the school when Ramos arrived.
Iran seizes 2 Greek tankers in Persian Gulf as tensions rise
       
Updated 4 timesDUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard seized two Greek oil tankers Friday in helicopter-launched raids in the Persian Gulf, officials said. The raid marks the first major incident at sea in months as tensions remain high between Iran and the West over its tattered nuclear deal with world powers. Greece’s Foreign Ministry said it made a strong demarche to the Iranian ambassador in Athens over the “violent taking over of two Greek-flagged ships” in the Persian Gulf. After the hijacking, they drifted into Iranian waters. Tanker seizures have been a part of it since 2019, when Iran seized the British-flagged Stena Impero after the United Kingdom detained an Iranian oil tanker off Gibraltar.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
       
One by one, speakers took the stage at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Houston and denounced the massacre of 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school across the state. And one by one, they insisted that changing U.S. gun laws or further restricting access to firearms was not the answer. The gathering comes just three days after the shooting in Uvalde. Hundreds of protesters shouted their anger at the NRA outside the meeting. In remarks to the group, former President Donald Trump called for an overhaul of school security and the U.S. approach to mental health problems while dismissing calls to disarm gun owners.
Official: Girl told 911 'send the police now' as cops waited
       
But another 47 minutes passed before the Border Patrol tactical team breached the door, McCraw said. Ramos killed 19 children and two teachers inside the room. Throughout the attack, teachers and children repeatedly called 911 asking for help, including the girl who pleaded for the police, McCraw said. When that officer did respond, he unknowingly drove past Ramos, who was crouched behind a car parked outside and firing at the building, McCraw said. Before she sent the 8-year-olds back, she studied the school building, figuring out which windows she would need to break to reach them.
AP News Summary at 11:01 p.m. EDT
       
Official: Girl told 911 'send the police now' as cops waitedUVALDE, Texas (AP) — Students trapped inside a Texas classroom with a gunman repeatedly called 911 as officers waited more than an hour to confront the shooter. But by Friday, the Texas Department of Public Safety said the information was in a private message. Liberal Los Angeles could take right turn in mayor's raceLOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles is a heavily Democratic city, but voters this year could take a turn to the political right. AP source: Lakers choose Darvin Ham as next head coachLOS ANGELES (AP) — A person with knowledge of the decision says Darvin Ham has accepted an offer to be the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. The 48-year-old Ham is getting his first head coaching job as the 28th coach of the Lakers.
SF Giants manager Gabe Kapler says he'll BOYCOTT the National Anthem in wake of Texas shooting
       
San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler has said he will stay in the team's clubhouse during the Star-Spangled Banner due to his displeasure 'with the direction of the country.' Kapler - the reigning National League Manager of the Year - announced the national anthem boycott while speaking to the press on Friday, and also on his blog, KapLifestyle. I stood for the national anthem. Kapler finished by saying that he believes America's promise of freedom of speech should allow for him to remain absent during the anthem. Kerr lost his temper as he demanded background checks for guns in the wake of Tuesday's massacre at a Texas school that killed 19 children.
She Lost the GA Guv Race By 70 Points. She Still Won’t Concede.
       
Far-right favorite Kandiss Taylor received just 3.4 percent of the vote in Georgia’s GOP primary for governor on Tuesday, less than one-twentieth of current Gov. “We have a national data team working on the 2022 primary election fraud. Elsewhere, Taylor allies—like Jan 6th organizer Ali Alexander and far-right radio host Stew Peters—shared allegations of a “rigged” primary election. “Georgia was completely cheated,” said Lindell, an early and fervent backer of Taylor in the primary race. “There is an algorithm in Georgia,” Lindell said, before claiming that a “big investigation” is underway into uncovering fraudulent activity in the Republican primary race.
Deliberations underway in trial linked to Trump-Russia probe
       
And there was an ongoing FBI investigation irrespective of this,” Sussmann lawyer Sean Berkowitz told jurors, referring to the Democratic National Committee. “It was about promoting opposition research against the opposition candidate, Donald Trump.”Sussmann is charged with a single count of making a false statement. Prosecutors say Sussmann lied to Baker by saying he was not participating in the meeting on behalf of a particular client. “When you go somewhere on behalf of a client, you’re advocating for the client, you’re asking for something,” Berkowitz said. The case against Sussmann is the only one to have reached trial.
NRA speakers unshaken on gun rights after school massacre
       
Once among the most powerful political organizations in the country, the NRA has seen its influence wane following a significant drop in political spending. According to a district safety plan, Uvalde schools have a wide range of safety measures in place. Outside the convention hall, protesters gathered in a park where police set up metal barriers — some holding crosses with photos of the Uvalde shooting victims. Samuel Thornburg, 43, a maintenance worker for Southwest Airlines in Houston who was attending the NRA meeting, said: “Guns are not evil. ___More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/school-shootings.
NRA speakers unshaken on gun rights after school massacre
       
Once among the most powerful political organizations in the country, the NRA has seen its influence wane following a significant drop in political spending. According to a district safety plan, Uvalde schools have a wide range of safety measures in place. Outside the convention hall, protesters gathered in a park where police set up metal barriers — some holding crosses with photos of the Uvalde shooting victims. Samuel Thornburg, 43, a maintenance worker for Southwest Airlines in Houston who was attending the NRA meeting, said: “Guns are not evil. More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/school-shootings.
AP News Summary at 8:15 p.m. EDT
       
Official: Girl told 911 'send the police now' as cops waitedUVALDE, Texas (AP) — Authorities say officers waited in the hallway of a Texas elementary school for more than 45 minutes before agents used a master key to open a door and confront a gunman. And one by one, they insisted that changing U.S. gun laws or further restricting access to firearms was not the answer. Students who survived Texas school attack describe sceneUVALDE, Texas (AP) — A young survivor of the massacre at a Texas elementary school says she covered herself with a friend’s blood and pretended to be dead while she waited for help to arrive. But an Associated Press investigation found that wasn’t the case with the video he watched in October of 2020. Airlines say bookings are running at record levels, and spending on U.S. flights is running ahead of 2019 levels.
Judge dismisses Trump's lawsuit, allowing NY probe to go on
       
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Friday dismissed Donald Trump’s lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James, rejecting the former president’s claim that she targeted him out of political animus and allowing her civil investigation into his business practices to continue. “The fact that (James') public statements reflect personal and/or political animus toward (Trump) is not, in and of itself, sufficient,” Sannes wrote. Trump filed the lawsuit just after James issued subpoenas for him and his two eldest children, Ivanka and Donald Jr., to give deposition testimony in James’ probe. Although the civil investigation is separate, James’ office has been involved in both. All of that, Amer said, “really shuts the door on any argument” by Trump’s lawyers that the James' office was proceeding in bad faith.
Gas prices not deterring holiday travel, Texas school shooting among week's top stories | Hot off the Wire podcast
       
Temperatures haven’t been the only thing rising as gas prices continue to increase at record levels. It was the United States’ deadliest school shooting in nearly a decade. And for more in-depth coverage, please download our May 25th standalone episode called: Details of the Texas school shooting, deadliest since Sandy Hook. Besides gas prices addressed at the top of this show, the state of the economy remains a concern with overall prices at record highs. Misinformation spread during the Texas shooting.
Al Cross: As primary voters move GOP farther right, will others follow?
       
The Republican Party kept moving right, with the victories of several candidates who campaigned primarily on cultural issues and against government overreach. For Subscribers:5 takeaways from the 2022 Kentucky primary election. Several liberty candidates lost. More:Rand Paul and Charles Booker nab US Senate primary wins and will face off in NovemberRepublicans are beginning a crowded and potentially fractious primary for governor, in which the nuances of cultural issues could be decisive. The liberty candidates’ success will surely encourage like-minded Rep. Savannah Maddox of Dry Ridge to run.
They’re using 'RINO' wrong: The whole GOP is 'republican in name only
       
Now, like the “Republican” in “Republican Party,” RINO perverts what “republican” actually means. “Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done,” said Pennsylvania’s House GOP leader Mike Turzai at a 2012 Republican State Committee meeting. GOP voting restrictions are sterilizing the seed of our Republic, majority rule. The 2022 “Republican” Party seeks power, whatever Madisonian principle must go, even if power rests on electoral shenanigans over majority will. This GOP is RINO, “republican” in name only.
Ricky Jones: Why Daniel Cameron might be Kentucky's perfect choice for governor
       
Ricky L. JonesOpinion ContributorOne of the most interesting stories next year will be current Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s bid to become the state’s next governor. More:Democrats say AG Daniel Cameron broke ethics rules by filing for governor. Daniel Cameron reinforces that dynamic. We elected a Black governor!” Through Cameron, Kentucky can give the illusion of change without changing at all. And Daniel Cameron would be the perfect frontman to keep it on that course.
Scott Jennings: Plans to investigate the Biden Administration will make James Comer a star
       
Scott JenningsOpinion ContributorSeven years ago, a numb James Comer pored for weeks over election returns following an 83-vote loss in a brutal Republican primary for Kentucky governor. The two haven’t spoken since, and Comer still knows where all the bodies of that race are buried. But we decided to go for it when [former Congressman] Ed Whitfield unexpectedly retired,” Comer said of the door that opened in 2016. People said ‘Comer, you can’t raise any money on that committee!’ But I didn’t come to Washington to see how much money I could raise. Hunter’s profiting from the Biden name has compromised Joe Biden,” Comer said, promising bombshell news when all is said and done.
The biggest wave of Cuban migrants arriving in US since 1980 is driving policy changes
       
Cubans accounted for the second-largest group of migrants stopped at the border during March and April, topped only by Mexicans. The Cuban exodus has been dubbed “a silent Mariel,” a reference to the Mariel boatlift, when 125,000 Cubans came to Florida between April and October 1980. In the case of Cuba, the strategy seems to have yielded results, prompting Biden administration officials to act on a long-delayed review of Cuba policy. Mexican authorities also seem to have been making efforts to stop more Cubans in transit to the United States. Cuban activists unhappy with the U.S. policy changes have pointed out that the steps taken by Biden officials do little to address another significant driver of migration: Cuban state repression.
Trump Was ‘Shaken’ After 2019 El Paso Shooting, Asked: ‘What Are We Going to Do About Assault Rifles?’
       
Trump made news at the time by saying he was open to imposing some restrictions on firearms. On Aug. 3, 2019, a far-right gunman killed 23 people at a Walmart store in El Paso. According to sources who were then close to Trump, he questioned if there was anything that could be done about the legality of popular AR-15 rifles. Trump asked former acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney: “What are we going to do about assault rifles?”Mulvaney’s reported response: “Not a damn thing.”According to the Times, Trump asked Mulvaney, “Why,” and was told ““Because… you would lose.”Trump is scheduled to address an NRA convention in Houston Friday. Protestors have converged on the convention, which is being held three days after a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas that left 19 children and two adults dead.
Up to 50 Subpoenas Expected as Grand Jury Begins Trump Inquiry
       
Ms. Willis, a Democrat, has said in the past that Mr. Trump created a threatening atmosphere with his open criticism of the investigation. We should have no personal feelings about him.”She added that she was treating Mr. Trump as she would anyone else. You cannot do that.”Mr. Raffensperger, a Republican, is likely to be one of the better-known figures to testify before the grand jury. Ms. Willis declined to divulge the names of witnesses who will be called before the grand jury. But I live in an imperfect world.”The post Up to 50 Subpoenas Expected as Grand Jury Begins Trump Inquiry appeared first on New York Times.
Liberal Los Angeles could take right turn in mayor’s race
       
Los Angeles is a heavily Democratic city, but voters this year could take a right turn. Los Angeles is a heavily Democratic city, but voters this year could take a right turn. (Ringo Chiu/Los Angeles Times via AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many voters in heavily Democratic Los Angeles are seething over rising crime and homelessness and that could prompt the city to take a turn to the political right for the first time in decades. A looming question in Los Angeles is who will show up. There is a deep dismay with government across Los Angeles.
Documents Shed Light on Secret U.S. Plans for Apocalyptic Scenarios
       
WASHINGTON — Newly disclosed documents have shed a crack of light on secret executive branch plans for apocalyptic scenarios — like the aftermath of a nuclear attack — when the president may activate wartime powers for national security emergencies. The Brennan Center for Justice, which has gathered materials about the presidential emergency action documents, obtained the files under the Freedom of Information Act from the Bush presidential library. It is not yet clear whether the provision about emergency action documents would be included in any such step. Another early emergency action order, from the 1950s, was readied to create military zones prohibiting certain categories of people. For several years, the Obama-era Justice Department mentioned in budget documents submitted to Congress that its Office of Legal Counsel in 2012 had begun to review the legality of the 56 presidential emergency action documents.
Official: Girl told 911 ‘send the police now’ as cops waited
       
Ramos killed 19 children and two teachers inside the room. Throughout the attack, teachers and children repeatedly called 911 asking for help, including the girl who pleaded for the police, McCraw said. Contrary to earlier statements by officials, a school district police officer was not inside the school when Ramos arrived. Within 15 minutes, officers from different agencies had assembled in the hallway, taking sporadic fire from Ramos, who was holed up in a classroom. ___More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/school-shootings
Texas school shooting: official admits ‘wrong decision’ not to break into classroom sooner – as it happened
       
Steven McCraw was facing questions over law enforcement’s response to Tuesday’s shooting at Robb elementary, at a lunchtime briefing in Uvalde. With the benefit of hindsight, of course it was not the right decision, it was the wrong decision. The Democrat is running for Texas governor, and confronted his opponent, Governor Greg Abbott, at a press conference in Uvalde this week. 5h ago 20.18 Texas governor Greg Abbott will speak to the media a little later this afternoon about the Uvalde school shooting, but not all of his focus is there. Prominent Republicans still planning to speak included former president Donald Trump, the Texas senator Ted Cruz and the governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem.
Why Brad Raffensperger’s victory in Georgia’s primary is surprising
       
Hello, and Happy Thursday,You’ve probably heard by now – on Tuesday night Brad Raffensperger won a surprise victory against Jody Hice in the Republican primary for secretary of state. I can’t emphasize how much of a surprise it was that Raffensperger won the GOP primary outright on Tuesday. “Ultimately, it’s gonna be Hice that’s gonna win that thing,” Jay Williams, a Republican strategist in Georgia told me earlier this month. One takeaway I have from Raffensperger’s victory is that support for Trump and uncertainty about the election doesn’t necessarily translate into voting for other candidates. Georgia voters can choose to cast their votes in either party’s primary, and there appear to be tens of thousands of Democrats who cast ballots in the GOP contest.
Eighteen-year-old Americans can’t drink. Why can they buy assault rifles? | Ross Barkan
       
Somehow, it must become much harder in this country to buy a weapon. No 18-year-old, especially one with such a deeply troubled history as the alleged Texas gunman, should be able to buy a firearm. Mental health initiatives are fine, but the problem is the number of people who are able to, without any effort, buy guns and shoot them. Gun violence of the more regular kind plagues cities everywhere. Runaway terrorism investigations will not stop gun violence.
Trump is no kingmaker in the Republican party. That is increasingly clear | Ben Davis
       
This is a continuation of a trend we have seen in Republican primaries thus far this cycle. It’s clear that the 2020 election and personal loyalty to Trump have diminishing returns with Republican primary voters. Fundamentally, most Republican voters vote Republican for the same reasons they always did: lower taxes and imposing conservative culture war policies on others. Elected officials whom Republican voters perceive as governing well and delivering results will be rewarded regardless of whether they tried to “stop the steal”. Democratic voters want more than anything a functional governing majority that is able to deliver clear results.
Washington’s shame: how previous bids to tighten gun laws have failed
       
What happened: The proposal fell five votes short in the Senate and went no further. The Senate, then led by Democrats, also defeated measures to ban assault weapons and high-capacity gun magazines. What happened: The proposal never made it to a vote. A week later, the Republican-led House blocked a Democratic effort to vote on legislation to curb gun purchases by suspected terrorists. Republicans said they did not support the effort to extend background checks to private sales.
Trump loses bid to thwart New York inquiry into his business practices
       
Donald Trump, the former US president, on Friday lost a bid to stop the inquiry by the New York state attorney general, Letitia James, into his business practices, allowing the three-year investigation to move forward. James replied in a January court filing that Trump’s “allegations of political disagreement cannot insulate” him from the investigation. US district judge Brenda Sannes dismissed the lawsuit on Friday, stating in a written decision there was “no evidence” that James’s investigation was undertaken in bad faith. “No one in this country can pick and choose how the law applies to them, and Donald Trump is no exception,” James said in a statement. An intermediate state appeals court ruled on Thursday that Trump and his two eldest children, Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka Trump, must testify under oath as part of the investigation.
NRA holds annual meeting in Texas under cloud of controversy
       
O’Rourke said: “To the attendees of the NRA convention across the street, you are not our enemy. Join us to make sure this never happens again.”Beto O’Rourke speaks at Discovery Green near the NRA convention. Nonetheless, the Uvalde shooting has re-focused national debate on the long and costly failure to pass meaningful gun reform. Reasonable background checks and eliminating military-style weapons.”Protesters outside the NRA convention. Photograph: Charlie Scudder for the Guardian./Protesters outside the NRA Convention.
Donald Trump says gun control advocates are ‘exploiting the tears of sobbing families’ in NRA speech
       
Donald Trump on Friday night accused gun control supporters of trying to "exploit the tears of sobbing families" during a controversial public appearance following the Uvalde school shooting. The former US president was speaking at the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Houston, Texas, just days after 19 children and two adults were shot dead around 300 miles away at Robb Elementary School. The attack has given new impetus to calls for stricter firearms regulation, which Mr Trump has sought to portray as an act of political opportunism. "Every time a disturbed or demented person commits such a hideous crime, there's always a grotesque effort by some in our society to use the suffering of others to advance their own extreme political agenda. "Even more repulsive is their rush to shift blame away from the villains who commit acts of mass violence and to place that blame onto the shoulders of millions of peaceful, law-abiding citizens who belong to organisations, such as our wonderful NRA."
Trump spoke approvingly about ‘Hang Pence’ chants, report claims
       
That account of Mr Meadows’ words is now in the hands of the House select committee investigating the Capitol attack, according to the Times. Mr Meadows himself has not testified to the committee, but a number of former White House and Trump campaign officials have. How can you do that?”But the new revelation about Mr Trump’s shocking apparent support for threats of violence against Mr Pence raises the question of why Mr Pence hasn’t broken further with his ex-boss since leaving office. The ex-vice president said last year that he continues to speak with Mr Trump, although he acknowledged that they may never “see eye-to-eye” regarding January 6. “You know, President Trump and I have spoken many times since we left office.
AOC wants to dump her Tesla following Twitter spat with Elon Musk
       
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to sell her Tesla Model 3 and buy another electric vehicle produced by unionised workers following a Twitter argument with the company’s CEO, Elon Musk. The Democratic congresswoman told Bloomberg on Wednesday that she would “love to switch” her electric vehicle for another, with a unionised brand on her mind. The comments come amid a spat between Mr Musk and Democrats including Ms Ocasio-Cortez, who he accused of “hitting on me” after she tweeted that she was tired of a “billionaire with an ego problem”. Mr Musk has recently claimed that he would be voting Republican for the first time and described Democrats as being the party of “division & hate”. Tesla is not unionised and Mr Musk has issued anti-union messages in the past, attracting criticism.
Homeless man set on fire at bottom of Chicago Trump tower
       
Chicago police have reportedly released images of the suspect who authorities believe set fire to a well-known homeless man. A security official working nearby put the flames out with an extinguisher, Fox32 reported, and the homeless man was taken to Northwestern Hospital. Images released by the Chicago Police Department on Wednesday showed a white man wearing a white and grey-coloured “Hoodrich” jacket with a hood, the suspect. Mr Simmons has been among those calling for safe shelters to be created to house the Chicago homeless community, as well as more affordable housing. The attack comes after a 30-year-old man was arrested and charged with the deaths of five homeless people between Washington DC and New York.
Liz Cheney officially files for re-election as Trump struggles to take out enemies
       
Despite the determined opposition of her party’s leaders – Donald Trump in particular – Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney has officially filed for re-election, setting up a nail-biting primary this August. In a video declaring her candidacy, Ms Cheney reiterated that her duty was both to her state and to the US Constitution, and cast her campaign as an effort to safeguard American democracy itself. Among those endorsing Ms Hageman is not just Mr Trump, but also Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. However, Ms Cheney has also attracted the report of other top Trump critics in her party, not least Mitt Romney, who last year praised her for “refusing to lie”. Earlier this year, leaked audio recordings from the aftermath of the 6 January attack revealed that she and Mr McCarthy had explicitly discussed how to get Mr Trump to leave office as soon as possible.
Donald Trump must give evidence in New York fraud probe, appeals court says
       
Former president Donald Trump and his two eldest children must answer questions from New York Attorney General’s Office investigators under oath as part of the long-running probe into whether his eponymous real estate company engaged in fraudulent business practices, a New York State appellate court said Thursday. The New York Attorney General’s office has been investigating whether the Trump Organisation violated New York State laws by providing over-inflated real estate valuations to banks in order to secure loans while providing tax officials with significantly lower valuations on the same properties. Attorney General Letitia James launched the probe in March 2019 after Michael Cohen, Mr Trump’s long-time attorney and fixer, told Congress that the company had engaged in such fraudulent practices. “Once again, the courts have ruled that Donald Trump must comply with our lawful investigation into his financial dealings,” Ms James said in a statement. She added that her office will “continue to follow the facts of this case and ensure that no one can evade the law”.
Mark Meadows burned papers after the 2020 election challenge, Jan 6 committee told
       
The Meadows-Perry meeting occurred in the weeks following the November 2020 presidential election as the former president and his allies tried to overturn the final result. The meeting between Ms Hutchinson and the January 6 Select House Committee lasted for approximately 90 minutes, according to Politico. It was unclear from the testimony whether the alleged burned documents were protected by federal records’ laws from being destroyed. Rep Perry chairs the pro-Trump House Freedom Caucus, a voting bloc in the chamber that consists of conservative Republican members, including Florida Rep Matt Gaetz and Georgia Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene. In the immediate aftermath of the Trump loyalists’ efforts to discredit the results of the 2020 election, Rep Perry became an important figure.
Judge dismisses Trump lawsuit that aimed to stop New York attorney general from investigating him
       
A federal judge in New York has thrown out a lawsuit former president Donald Trump had brought in hopes of winning a court order barring New York Attorney General Letitia James from investigating him and his eponymous real estate company. But District Judge Brenda Sannes dismissed the lawsuit on grounds that Supreme Court precedent precludes her from interfering in state court matters, citing ongoing litigation between Mr Trump and Ms James’ office over whether Mr Trump will be made to testify as part of her long-running probe. She also said a motion to dismiss filed by Ms James’ office properly invoked another precedental doctrine which requires federal courts to refrain from interfering in state court cases that implicate “an important state interest”. “Here, the state’s interest in investigating and enforcing its laws is an important state interest,” she wrote. “No one in this country can pick and choose how the law applies to them, and Donald Trump is no exception.
Trump lashes out at Kellyanne Conway and tells her to ‘go back to her crazy husband’
       
Former president Donald Trump has lashed out at ex-counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway for acknowledging that his 2020 election loss was legitimate in her new book. “Instead supplicant after sycophant after showman genuflected in front of the Resolute Desk and promised the president goods they could not deliver”. Ms Conway also wrote that she “may have been the first person” among Mr Trump’s confidantes “who told him that he had come up short this time”. Mr Trump, who to this day continues to lie about having won the 2020 election, reacted to his former aide’s criticism on his own Truth Social platform by angrily denying that any such conversation took place. “Kellyanne Conway never told me that she thought we lost the election.
Texas shooting latest news: Trump speaks at NRA meeting as Abbott ‘livid’ over police errors
       
? Close Texas police admit ruling gunman inactive was ‘the wrong decision’Officials have admitted to critical delays in the law enforcement response to the massacre of 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Texas, where students inside Robb Elementary School made several calls to 911 on Tuesday within the hour officers arrived and when the 18-year-old gunman was fatally shot by an officer. Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, admitted that officers did not breach a classroom door and kill Salvador Ramos for more than an hour after initially arriving on Tuesday, falsely believing the gunman was “barricaded” and no longer an active shooter threat, despite pleas from schoolchildren inside their classrooms. Meanwhile, hundreds of people gathered in Houston, Texas on Friday to protest the National Rifle Association’s annual conference, where Senator Ted Cruz and former president Donald Trump addressed the gun rights lobby group to claim their political opponents are exploiting tragedy, despite supporting the politically powerful lobbyists just days after the kilings.
Uvalde shooting: Who are Daniel Defense, the makers of Salvador Ramos’ AR-15?
       
US president Joe Biden is scheduled to visit Uvalde on Sunday to grieve with the community and pledge action. A statement on the Daniel Defense website reads: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic events in Texas this week. “As reported in Governor [Greg] Abbott’s press conference, it is our understanding that the firearm used in the attack was manufactured by Daniel Defense. We will cooperate with all federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities in their investigations. The Independent has contacted Daniel Defense for comment.
Mitch McConnell needs 10 Republicans to support gun legislation. Can he find them?
       
What Mr McConnell doesn’t say is always just as important as what he does. For Democrats, Mr McConnell’s words offer a glimmer of hope. This time, Mr McConnell is coming out front, and likely knows there is a chance that 10 Republicans will get to yes. The Red-Flaggers: Multiple Republicans have come out in support of red flag laws alongside Mr Portman. But if Mr Cornyn can come back with a solution that Mr McConnell approves, the two might just bring a few more of their Senators over the top.
Trump: 'Inner-city schools rarely have mass shootings'
       
Former US President Donald Trump has addressed the National Rifle Association at its annual convention in Houston. He called for stronger security measures in schools, days after the deadly shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas. He told the crowd why inner-city school rarely experience mass shootings.
Texas school shooting live: Trump praises NRA as he denounces 'savage and barbaric' attack
       
"He managed to buy a gun," I said to another visitor, referring to the Uvalde school gunman. Inside the George R. Brown Convention Centre, thousands of NRA delegates gathered for the keynote speech of their chief executive Wayne Lapierre. He addressed the Uvalde school shooting up-front but rejected any attempts to restrict gun ownership. "Every single person in that building right there is complicit," she told me, pointing at the convention centre. America is such a deeply divided society right now; more entrenched than it has been for decades.
Porn star Stormy Daniels announces plan to change her name by adding 'Barrett' to end of her surname
       
Porn star Stormy Daniels has decided to legally change her name, claiming she wants to 'enter into a new chapter' of her life. Daniels - whose legal birth name is Stephanie Gregory Clifford - filed a petition to change her name legally to Stormy Daniels Barratt. Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer for ten years, paid Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about her alleged liaison with Trump. After Daniels sued to void a non-disclosure agreement with Cohen in 2018, a judge ordered Trump in 2020 to pay Daniels more than $44,000 for her legal fees. The lengthy legal battle has set a chain reaction of appeals, with attorneys for both parties being convicted of felonies.
Don McLean drops out of National Rifle Association Convention performance
       
Don McLean has dropped out of his National Rifle Association Convention performance 'in light' of the second deadliest school mass shooting in US history. Former US President Donald Trump and Texas Governor Greg Abbott are still scheduled to appear at the NRA event. No thanks: Don McLean has dropped out of his National Rifle Association Convention performance 'in light' of the second deadliest school mass shooting in US history. And he also got political over the Texas shooting after hinting he will run for President again. The forum is scheduled to include Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Senator Ted Cruz and Republican Dan Crenshaw of Texas, North Carolina Lt.
Colin Kaepernick's Raiders tryout was 'positive - but no deal is imminent'
       
As of Thursday evening, no deal was imminent between the controversial quarterback and the AFC West club, sources told ESPN. The Raiders were receptive to Kaepernick and one source described the workout as a 'positive.' If he were to be signed, Kaepernick would presumably become a backup to starting Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. ESPN's Adam Schefter broke news earlier this week that the 34-year-old Kaepernick had a tryout with the Raiders Wednesday. 'My desire to play football is still there,' Kaepernick told USA Today in 2020.
Prosecutors urge jury to convict Hillary Clinton lawyer for 'lying to the FBI'
       
And it makes sense: They were given actual data that had national security implications,' Sussmann lawyer Sean Berkowitz said. 'It wasn't about national security,' Jonathan Algor, a prosecutor on John Durham's team told the jury in his closing argument. Prosecutors say Sussmann lied to Baker by saying he was not participating in the meeting on behalf of a particular client. Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks on stage during 'Below The Belt' New York Premiere at Museum of Modern Art on May 24. 'When you go somewhere on behalf of a client, you´re advocating for a client, you´re asking for something,' Berkowitz said.
Brother of Sandy Hook victim says he's sick of Democrats' calls for gun control after mass shootings
       
Twenty of those killed at Sandy Hook were children between the ages of six and seven years old. Twenty of those killed at Sandy Hook were children between the ages of six and seven years old. 'Whether you think it is school security or gun control or mental health care that is lacking – you are right. Gun control is not the end all solution – we are not going to get rid of them,' he said. 'The solution to school shootings is increasing school security while at the same time providing mental health care and Social and Emotional Learning to the students.
Sean Penn lunches with Cindy Crawford's husband Rande Gerber
       
Sean Penn was spotted stepping out to lunch this Thursday with Cindy Crawford's silver fox husband Rande Gerber. For his latest outing Sean, 61, cut a dashing figure in a black leather jacket over clinging t-shirt that emphasized his burly figure. Out and about: Sean Penn was spotted stepping out to lunch this Thursday with Cindy Crawford's silver fox husband Rande GerberRande, who famously co-founded the tequila brand Casamigos with George Clooney and Mike Meldman, teamed a grey jacket with a matching top. Meanwhile last month Sean finalized his divorce from his latest wife Leila George, who at 30 is younger than his daughter Dylan Penn. Rumors circulated at the beginning of August 2020 that Sean and Leila had secretly tied the knot after four years of dating.
Comedian Andy Dick, 56, NOT charged in alleged sexual battery case
       
Andy Dick will no longer faces charges for sexual battery after his male accuser refused to cooperate with the investigation, the authorities said. Scott Steinle told DailyMail.com on Thursday 'after re-interviewing the alleged victim, OC Sheriff's Department decided to drop the case .' According to the news outlet, fans of Dick were concerned and believed the actor's life was in danger, but when police arrived, Dick told them he was fine and said authorities he wanted to stay. In 2019, the actor was sentenced to 14 days in jail after being convicted of sexual battery for allegedly squeezing a woman's rear end. He previously pleaded not guilty to one count of misdemeanor sexual battery in April 2018 after he allegedly groped an Uber driver's crotch.
GOP leader Kevin McCarthy says he WON'T comply with the subpoena from the January 6 committee
       
McCarthy has long made it known he did not plan to comply with the committeeGOP Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy announced through his lawyer that he will not be complying with a subpoena from the Jan. 6 committee, citing 'procedural deficiencies.' The move comes as no surprise, as McCarthy has already said he would not comply if subpoenaed. 'By subpoenaing us and three other Republican members, the Select Committee is escalating its abusive tactics. Earlier this month the committee summoned McCarthy along with GOP Reps. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Andy Biggs of Arizona, and Mo Brooks of Alabama. The letter did not say whether the GOP leader could change his mind about testifying if such conditions are met.
Ari Emanuel and Sarah Staudinger kick off wedding celebrations in St. Tropez with A-list guests
       
The entertainment agent was spotted kissing his clothing mogul fiancée as they kicked off their wedding weekend alongside A-list guests like Emily Ratajkowski, Mark Wahlberg, and Larry David. The couple was seen grabbing food at the upscale restaurant Senequier alongside David, Ratajkowski, and her husband, Sebastian Bear-McClard, as well as other unknown friends. It's unclear how Emanuel and Staudinger first met, but the two moguls started dating in 2018. 'I went into the initial pitch meeting [for the show] and met Ari Emanuel, who said, "All right, it’s Mark and his life. 'I went into the initial pitch meeting [for the show] and met Ari Emanuel, who said, "All right, it’s Mark and his life.
Judge dismisses Trump's lawsuit, allowing NY probe to...
       
'In a big victory, a federal court has dismissed Donald Trump´s baseless lawsuit to stop my office´s investigation into his and the Trump Organization's financial dealings,' James said in a tweet. James responded that Trump's lawsuit was a sudden 'collateral attack' on her investigation and that there was no legal basis for it and no evidence to support his claim that the probe is purely political. Sannes ruled that the Trump team had failed to provide evidence that James opened the investigation as a result of political bias. An appellate court judge ruled Thursday that Trump and his two eldest children must testify under oath in James' investigation. James would be able to bring a civil lawsuit against Trump using the deposition if evidence of wrongdoing was found.
GOP Rep. Liz Cheney is LOSING 30% to Trump-backed rival Harriet Hageman in her Wyoming race: Poll
       
A poll ahead of Donald Trump's visit to Wyoming for a rally on Saturday shows Representative Liz Cheney is trailing top primary competitor Harriet Hageman by a whopping 30 points. The WPAi/Club for Growth PAC survey shows that 56 percent of Republican Wyoming primary voters would support Hageman if the election were held today. Wyoming State Senator Anthony Bouchard is in third place with 12 percent, while another 6 percent are undecided on who they will vote for come primary election day on August 16, 2022. Almost three months before the election, Trump is coming on Saturday, May 28 to Wyoming to rally and drum up even more support for Hageman to take on Cheney. Other than Hageman, Cheney and Bouchard, three others who indicated their candidacy for the GOP primary are Robyn Belinskey, Bryan Keller and Denton Knapp.
US's biggest gun lobby prepares for major gathering in shadow of mass shootings
       
The NRA gathering takes place this year in the shadow of not one but two gun-driven massacres in recent days. A page on the NRA's website dedicated to the gathering is dominated by a message offering its "deepest sympathies" to the victims of Tuesday's school shooting. Its Houston meeting, however, comes with the NRA embattled on several fronts - apart from the shootings, it is battling internal discord, corruption scandals, and shaky finances. "The gun lobby has only gotten more extreme, violent and dangerous over time," said Shannon Watts, founder of the gun control group Moms Demand Action. After the Uvalde shooting, Gun Owners of America, which bills itself as tougher than the NRA, said policymakers should discuss "real solutions" like arming teachers.
Anti-gun protesters gather outside NRA convention after school massacre
       
Protesters in support of gun control hold signs outside the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association at the George R. Brown Convention Center, on May 27, 2022, in Houston, Texas. A group of protesters angered over the shooting deaths of Texas elementary school students converged Friday outside the gun-lobby National Rifle Association's annual convention in Houston. As small groups of protesters arrived and a van promoting gun control circled outside the hall, Kimbell said, "I worry about something crazy happening. Protestor Johnny Mata called on the NRA to halt the convention and hold a memorial service for the victims. The weekend convention is the five million-member group's first annual get together after two prior cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
NGOs document human rights abuses by security forces against migrants
       
“I’m always very scared of the police and the National Guard – when we go to buy things, when we’re walking, at any time of day or night. The National Guard doesn’t care about anything,” said a Haitian migrant in Tapachula, Chiapas, a hub for migrants who have crossed the border with Guatemala. Bajo la Bota also said that the National Guard makes arbitrary arrests based on racial profiling and harasses people of color. The National Guard and the INM treat us like prostitutes, make rude gestures to us, follow us when we’re walking, follow us inside stores. They also called on the government to terminate any policies or agreements with the U.S. government that violate the human rights of migrants and refugees.
Row over Summit of Americas guest list underlines US’s waning influence
       
OpinionPresident Biden will host the summit in Los Angeles in June but President López Obrador might be a no-show. The lack of an ambitious agenda is an even bigger problemIt is supposed to show that the United States is back in its own neighbourhood. Yet three weeks before its opening, the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles threatens to expose Washington’s weakness in the region. Iván Duque, president of Latin America’s fourth-biggest economy, Colombia, could end up being the most important invitee. China, by contrast, has been rapidly growing trade, investment and influence as it pursues Latin America’s abundant supplies of key commodities such as soy, copper and lithium.
Tucker Carlson's Great Replacement Theory Is Spectacularly Wrong
       
The great replacement theory is spectacularly wrong in asserting that the government is going to create millions of new citizens overnight. And it's wrong too, that in the unlikely event that happened, they will be "obedient" in voting for Democrats. Tucker and his pals are also really worried about the government giving all sorts of new and better stuff to immigrants—brand-new bikes! And when the U.S. has had a relatively open-door policy, government spending grew less quickly than in periods when immigration has been restricted. Ironically, if proponents of the great replacement theory actually want to get government spending under control, they'd best start lobbying for more newcomers, including from countries whose descendants voted in bigger numbers for Donald Trump in 2020 than they did in 2016.
Yes, in America, kids can buy guns - The Washington Post
       
They can’t purchase alcohol or cigarettes in this country until age 21. Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in 2018. Follow Ruth Marcus 's opinions Follow AddRaising the minimum age for gun purchases wouldn’t solve the problem — not in a country with more guns than citizens. But in Uvalde, Buffalo and Parkland, the killings were carried out with guns that were legally purchased by the shooters themselves. But only five other states — California, Hawaii, Illinois, Vermont and Washington — require that buyers of some or all long guns, including assault weapons, be at least 21.
Trump digs at politicians who canceled NRA appearances: 'Got to show up'
       
Former President Donald Trump Friday took a dig at politicians who didn't show up to the NRA's convention in Houston, after multiple speakers canceled appearances at the event, held days after the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. BETO O'ROURKE, GUN CONTROL ADVOCATES PROTEST OUTSIDE OF NRA CONVENTION: ‘SHAME ON YOU’The three highest-profile politicians to cancel appearances at the event were Texas Gov. TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING: AT NRA, CRUZ URGES ‘SINGLE POINT OF ENTRY’ IN SCHOOLSIn response, Democrats in Congress railed against the NRA's influence, and liberal protesters picketed outside the NRA convention Friday. "Because we are an embarrassment around the entire world, because we can't protect our children in their schools." TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING: LIVE UPDATESHanks added: "We can't protect out children at our churches.
Iran seizes 2 Greek tankers in Persian Gulf as tensions rise
       
The Greek-flagged oil tanker Prudent Warrior, background, is seen as it sails past Istanbul, Turkey, April 19, 2019. Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard seized two Greek oil tankers on Friday, May 27, 2022, in helicopter-launched raids in the Persian Gulf, according to officials. (Dursun Çam via AP)The Greek-flagged oil tanker Prudent Warrior, background, is seen as it sails past Istanbul, Turkey, April 19, 2019. Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard seized two Greek oil tankers on Friday, May 27, 2022, in helicopter-launched raids in the Persian Gulf, according to officials. (Dursun Çam via AP)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard seized two Greek oil tankers Friday in helicopter-launched raids in the Persian Gulf, officials said.
Protesters' anguished shouts fail to dampen gun enthusiasm at NRA convention in Houston
       
Across the street, hundreds of protesters waved signs and shouted at NRA members as they filtered into the George R. Brown Convention Center. Alain Cisneros protests outside the annual NRA meeting Friday in Houston. Young protesters outside the annual NRA meeting in Houston. Visitors look at rifles at the annual NRA convention Friday. Allison Dinner for NBC NewsDennis Normoyle, a 78-year-old Vietnam veteran and longtime NRA member, didn’t think much of O’Rourke message.
Why it’s so much fun watching Elon Musk slap Twitter in the face
       
Musk doesn’t like the way Twitter runs its business, so he wants to make it his business. Getty Images for TIMETwitter annoyed the wrong billionaire: A social-media feud that is also an opportunity to make a pile of money is precisely the sort of thing Elon Musk lives for. Musk, who calls himself a “free-speech absolutist,” wants to make Twitter a more free and open platform. And there is plenty to criticize about Elon Musk, too. Getty ImagesWatching Elon Musk take on Twitter is like watching a hockey game or sitting through the Oscars: The beatdown will be the fun part, no matter who wins.
A top GOP prosecutor said Trump lost. Running for Senate, he has a new message.
       
But Brnovich, now running for Senate, stands out for his shift over the past year and a half. Citing security concerns, Maricopa County leaders said they would have to replace the voting equipment they turned over. Soon Blake Masters, one of Brnovich’s opponents in GOP Senate primary, was on “War Room,” the same podcast where Brnovich had promoted his election investigation. “I mean, I will let people draw their own conclusions.”“Omitting material information … is not how prosecutorial ethics works,” tweeted Richer, the Maricopa County recorder. Working Maricopa County elections for more than a decade, she said, she did thousands of signature reviews and audited the safeguards in place for moving ballots.
Jason Aldean is playing to the right while his sound takes a quiet left turn
       
But on “Macon” and “Georgia,” everything mawkish about Aldean’s music gently self-corrects. Why does modern country music, a musical community that purportedly celebrates everyday American lives, not do more to protect those lives? Sixty people died at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in 2017, and the tragedy seemed to plunge all of country music into a brief state of paralysis. AdvertisementThis was a solid reminder that the stars of country music have never been apolitical. Is he using his soothing music to push his politics, or is he using his politics to sell his songs?
Trump heads to Ohio amid backlash against Vance
       
Trump heads to Ohio amid backlash against Vance Presented byScott Olson/Getty ImagesDRIVING THE DAYTRUMP TO THE BUCKEYE STATE — Former President DONALD TRUMP will appear at a rally tonight with J.D. If Vance loses, Trump will look weak and like he’s losing his grip on the GOP. MEANWHILE … The Ohio Values Voters is asking supporters to vocally protest Vance at the Trump rally tonight. “However, [if] you decide to attend, when President Trump introduces JD Vance, make your voices heard by letting Trump know, JD Vance is Wrong for Ohio. That’s why we’re carefully designing our plastic bottles to be 100% recyclable, including the caps.
McCarthy’s second shot at first-time speaker relies on Trump
       
FILE - House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks to reporters at his weekly news conference, at the Capitol in Washington, March 18, 2022. Scott Applewhite, File)FILE - House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks to reporters at his weekly news conference, at the Capitol in Washington, March 18, 2022. Rep. Kevin McCarthy is a son of the Central Valley, a farming and oil-pumping heartland that eagerly embraced the former president. “We’re the forgotten valley,” said retired insurance salesman Chuck Hall at a Republican Party dinner last week in Fresno. As second- and third-generation immigrants become eligible to vote, their party allegiance is highly sought after by Democrats and Republicans working to boost numbers and turnout.
Meadows was warned Jan. 6 could turn violent, former White House official says
       
WASHINGTON — A former White House official told the House committee investigating the Capitol riot that President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, had been advised of intelligence reports showing the potential for violence, according to just-released transcripts. Cassidy Hutchinson, a special assistant in the Trump White House, told the committee “there were concerns brought forward” to Meadows before the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, but it was unclear what Meadows did with that information. Besides describing warnings of potential violence provided to Meadows, Hutchinson revealed how the White House counsel’s office cautioned against plans to enlist fake electors in states, including in meetings involving Meadows and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. The testimony released Friday also reinforced how certain Republicans in Congress were deeply involved in White House discussions about overturning the election in the months leading to the deadly insurrection. After the complaint was filed, the House committee sent a contempt of Congress charge against Meadows to the full House, where it passed on a near-party-line vote.
Michigan GOP convention begins in Grand Rapids, posing a test of Trump's influence
       
Grand Rapids — Thousands of Michigan Republicans were gathering in Grand Rapids Saturday morning for an endorsement convention that will help set the future of their party and reveal the reach of former President Donald Trump's influence. The convention, where about 2,200 delegates will choose candidates for attorney general, secretary of state and university board positions, began at 10 a.m. at DeVos Place. A win for Leonard or Berman could be a signal his influence has at least somewhat diminished within the Michigan GOP. The GOP delegates will endorse candidates for Michigan State University Board of Trustees, the University of Michigan Board of Regents and the State Board of Education. For the state Board of Education, the candidates are Linda Lee Tarver, Michelle Frederick, Richard Zeile and Tamara Carlone.
'2020 changed everything': How misinformation of 2020 is shaping 2022 elections
       
False claims about voting times, locations or eligibility, for example, are banned across Twitter and Meta's platforms, which include Facebook and Instagram. During the 2020 election, platforms applied fact checks, labeled or removed more than 300 pieces of popular, false content that Common Cause turned up. More recently, in Texas, more than 100 volunteers worked four-hour shifts to monitor false claims coming out of the state's primary election in March. He drew national attention for refuting Trump's false claims of mass voter fraud. Trump has continued to describe the 2020 election as "rigged" or "stolen," despite a coalition of top government and industry officials calling it "the most secure in American history."
AP News Summary at 10:31 a.m. EDT
       
The analysts say the Wagner Group of mercenaries is also key to Putin's ambitions to re-impose Russian influence on a global scale. Trump's Oz, Vance endorsements bring cash windfall, backlashINDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Former President Donald Trump’s late endorsements in hypercompetitive Republican Senate primaries in Ohio and Pennsylvania have unlocked a flood of support for his chosen candidates, including millions in cash. 'A great pity': Ukrainian village faces a churchless EasterLUKASHIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — A single metal cross remains inside the Orthodox church of shattered brick and blackened stone. Residents say Russian soldiers used the house of worship for storing ammunition, and Ukrainian forces shelled the building to make the Russians leave. French election: Macron in pole position, Le Pen racing hardPARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is in the pole position to win reelection Sunday in France's presidential runoff.
‘It’s Time to Head for the Lifeboats’: Democratic Fatalism Intensifies
       
Many fault the White House for steering President Biden too far to the left as he sought to pass social spending legislation stuffed with progressive priorities. One sign of the alarm rippling through the party: Some Democratic politicians have begun creating distance between themselves and the president. “What you’re seeing is people feeling like it’s time to head for the lifeboats rather than trying to steer the ship,” said Robert Gibbs, a former White House press secretary who worked under Barack Obama. I shielded myself behind some print and TV reporters as we waited for President Biden to exit from Air Force One. The post ‘It’s Time to Head for the Lifeboats’: Democratic Fatalism Intensifies appeared first on New York Times.
Saudi-backing Greg Norman stuns golf with intention to launch comeback at 2022 Open at St Andrews
       
In a far from subtle ploy, Greg Norman has thrust the prospect of him making a stunning return to competition at the 2022 Open into the hands of the R&A. Norman, a two-time winner of the Claret Jug, grabbed headlines around the globe on Saturday with his intention to launch a comeback at the Home of Golf. Four venues will stage FQ on June 28 and 29 and that is the week of the second LIV Golf Invitational Series. The next day will see the Champions’ Dinner in the R&A Clubhouse, with the obligatory picture behind the 18th green. The first invitational is only six weeks away and being staged at the Centurion Club in St Albans.
Trump speaks on McCarthy tapes, denies claiming any responsibility for Capitol attack
       
In an interview Friday, Mr Trump told The Journal that Mr McCarthy had changed his views “when he found out the facts”. Mr Trump added he would back Mr McCarthy’s bid for the Speaker’s gavel. In Friday’s interview, Mr Trump denied accepting any responsibility for Capitol riots, contradicting Mr McCarthy’s claims. A few weeks later, Mr McCarthy travelled to Mar-a-Lago and posed for a picture with Mr Trump and has since voiced full-throated support for the former president. During his presidency, Mr Trump reportedly referred to the GOP minority leader as “My Kevin”.
Ron DeSantis threatens to punish Twitter for blocking Elon Musk takeover
       
Florida governor Ron DeSantis has threatened to punish Twitter for blocking Elon Musk’s $43bn takeover of the social media platform. The Twitter board activated a “poison pill” strategy to defend itself against the Tesla entrepreneur’s stunning attempt to buy the company, which he announced last week. “We’re gonna be looking at ways the state of Florida potentially can be holding these Twitter board of directors accountable for breaching their fiduciary duty,” the Republican politician said. Mr Musk made an all cash bid to buy Twitter after taking a 9.2 per cent stake in the company, and insisted he was the right leader to “unlock” its “extraordinary potential”. The politician, who has his eyes set on a 2024 White House run against Mr Trump, said there was no good business reason for rejecting the bid.
The Tennessee Law Making School Board Culture Wars Even Worse - The New York Times
       
Jim Garrett is the chair of the Davidson County Republican Party, which is holding primaries for its candidates running for the Metropolitan Nashville school board. For the first time, Davidson Republicans are arranging training sessions for school board candidates. But the county party is happy to connect candidates to campaign vendors and other resources, says its chairwoman, Tara Houston. Williamson Families has endorsed a slate of superconservatives — after weeding out the RINOs, of course. Virginia Babb has loved her time on the Knox County school board and was planning to run for re-election — until the shift to partisan races.
What the West fears most about Putin’s arsenal of nuclear weapons
       
Indeed, on April 15, Zelensky announced that the world should “be ready” for the possibility that Putin will use nuclear weapons in Ukraine — a concern shared by CIA Director William Burns. Earlier this month, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky said the world should “be ready” for Russia using nuclear weapons in his country. AFP via Getty ImagesAnd yet, Russia holds the trump card in that fight: the world’s most formidable arsenal of nuclear weapons, with a ten-to-one advantage over the US in tactical atomic stockpile. After the initial multi-step verification that communication links to Putin’s war room are not working, in about 15-60 minutes, the autonomous computerized system would send signals to nuclear weapons silos, directing all remaining Russian nuclear missiles to launch. The country’s so-called “Dead Hand” system reportedly has the ability to launch all of Russia’s nuclear weapons at the US homeland at once.
A wolf-colonized island gives new insights into predator and prey relationships
       
Isle Royale is the perfect place for a researcher. The moose on Isle Royale might need wolves, the study suggests, to keep their populations healthy from disease. A researcher's paradiseFor scientists, Isle Royale has long been a fascinating fishbowl for research. Jacob W. Frank / NPSThe perfect preyResearchers visit Isle Royale at least twice each season. Ripple said he viewed the Isle Royale research as careful and credible.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signs bill stripping Disney of special tax status
       
Yahoo Finance Live examines the news surrounding Disney's special tax status following Florida Governor DeSantis' signing a bill to amend that. Video TranscriptDAVE BRIGGS: All right, so we asked a good question there-- what does it mean to be libertarian? On the battle between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Disney, the latest is the governor signing the bill into law that actually strips Disney of its self-governing tax status. The White House today weighed in, saying, DeSantis' punitive actions are just wrong, while former Republican Governor Charlie Crist turned Democrat says, DeSantis actually wants to be the King of Florida, not an elected official. And I just mentioned what Rick said there about what does it mean to be libertarian.
The very definition of authoritarianism | Letters to the editor
       
(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, file) (Rebecca Blackwell/AP)I looked up the definition of authoritarianism. It describes Dictator DeSantis perfectly. A yellow light becomes hazardous when the driver behind you assumes you’re going through the intersection. On I-95, you feel you’re driving in reverse as cars going 90 or more pass you. These rule-breakers are in a hurry, you are in their way, and somehow they think the rules are not for them.
Mark Meadows had been warned of possible Jan. 6 violence at Capitol, former White House official says
       
A former White House official told the House committee investigating the Capitol riot that President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, had been advised of intelligence reports showing the potential for violence, according to just-released transcripts. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters at the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Washington. Besides describing warnings of potential violence provided to Meadows, Hutchinson revealed how the White House counsel’s office cautioned against plans to enlist fake electors in states, including in meetings involving Meadows and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. The testimony released Friday also reinforced how certain Republicans in Congress were deeply involved in White House discussions about overturning the election in the months leading to the deadly insurrection. After the complaint was filed, the House committee sent a contempt of Congress charge against Meadows to the full House, where it passed on a near-party-line vote.
Mark Meadows had been warned of possible Jan. 6 violence at Capitol, former White House official says
       
A former White House official told the House committee investigating the Capitol riot that President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, had been advised of intelligence reports showing the potential for violence, according to just-released transcripts. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters at the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Washington. Besides describing warnings of potential violence provided to Meadows, Hutchinson revealed how the White House counsel’s office cautioned against plans to enlist fake electors in states, including in meetings involving Meadows and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. The testimony released Friday also reinforced how certain Republicans in Congress were deeply involved in White House discussions about overturning the election in the months leading to the deadly insurrection. After the complaint was filed, the House committee sent a contempt of Congress charge against Meadows to the full House, where it passed on a near-party-line vote.
AP News Summary at 9:05 a.m. EDT
       
Ukraine reports Russians trying to storm Mariupol plantKYIV, Ukraine (AP) — An advisor to Ukraine’s presidential office says Russian forces are attacking a steel plant that is the last defense stronghold of Ukrainian forces in the strategic port city of Mariupol. The analysts say the Wagner Group of mercenaries is also key to Putin's ambitions to re-impose Russian influence on a global scale. 'A great pity': Ukrainian village faces a churchless EasterLUKASHIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — A single metal cross remains inside the Orthodox church of shattered brick and blackened stone. Residents say Russian soldiers used the house of worship for storing ammunition, and Ukrainian forces shelled the building to make the Russians leave. Twitter bans ads that contradict science on climate changeBERLIN (AP) — Twitter says it will no longer allow advertisers on its site who deny the scientific consensus on climate change.
Official: Meadows had been warned of possible 1/6 violence
       
FILE - White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters at the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)FILE - White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters at the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Washington. Let’s talk about it.’”The exact nature of what Meadows was told is not clear from Hutchinson’s testimony. Besides describing warnings of potential violence provided to Meadows, Hutchinson revealed how the White House counsel’s office cautioned against plans to enlist fake electors in states, including in meetings involving Meadows and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. After the complaint was filed, the House committee sent a contempt of Congress charge against Meadows to the full House, where it passed on a near-party-line vote.
Adam Schiff doubts Marjorie Taylor Greene could really have forgotten if she called for martial law to overturn election result
       
Democratic Adam Schiff says he doesn’t believe that Marjorie Taylor Greene could have forgotten calling for Donald Trump to impose martial law to overturn the 2020 election results. @RepAdamSchiff on #MarjorieTaylorGreene: "It's hard to imagine if you were calling for the imposition of martial law to overturn an election that you wouldn't remember doing so." Speaking to MSNBC’s Joy Reid Friday night, Mr Schiff said he doubted the Georgia Congresswoman’s “failure of recollection on a number of key things”. “It’s hard to imagine if you were calling for the imposition of martial law to overturn an election that you wouldn’t remember doing so,” Mr Schiff said. Mr Schiff, a member of the house select committee investigating the Capitol Riots, agreed that Ms Greene should be called to testify before the panel.
French elections: Macron cites Brexit and Trump in last-ditch bid
       
French president Emmanuel Macron has pointed to Brexit and the election of Donald Trump in an eleventh-hour bid for support as pollsters warn of a record-breaking number of people choosing not to cast their vote in Sunday’s presidential run-off. The incumbent centrist is currently in pole position to win Sunday’s vote, but Macron’s lead over his far-right component Marine Le Pen could be toppled by hesitant voters who decide to stay home. Marine Le Pen answers reporters as she campaigns at a street market in Etaples, northern France. Meanwhile, Le Pen cast aspersions on her opponent’s “calamitous” presidency in her last rally in the northern town of Arras. Election campaign posters for Presidential Candidate Marine Le Pen in the town of Abbeville (Getty Images)France’s electorate goes to the polls on Sunday 24 April to decide who will be the next president.
The newest problem for Trump’s Truth Social app is Elon Musk
       
Elon Musk’s plan for a potential hostile takeover of Twitter is the latest challenge for Trump Media & Technology Group’s flagship Truth Social app, which Trump has positioned as Twitter’s freewheeling conservative counterpart. Karen Freberg, a professor of strategic communications at the University of Louisville, said Truth Social might have missed its chance. “Had Truth Social had everything up and running, it could have brought people in and had potential time to grow the platform,” she said. Two top tech executives working on Truth Social, Josh Adams and Billy Boozer, left the company last month, Reuters first reported. Trump Media is also incorporated in Delaware but has listed Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida as its corporate headquarters.
Where Are the Jan. 6 Committee Hearings?
       
Since December 2021, though, committee members and staffers have hinted that more hearings are in the works. So if the Jan. 6 committee wants to convene “multiple weeks” of public hearings, as Committee Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney said in December 2021, it would seem like it needs to get moving—and quickly. First, the committee made an early decision to finish its investigative work before starting hearings. There’s no requirement that the Jan. 6 committee hold hearings. When members of the committee first began discussing plans for public hearings in December 2021, they made clear that such proceedings would take place after the committee had finished its investigative work.
Andrew Giuliani campaign preparing to unleash Rudy
       
The former mayor was still frothing at ballot challenges the Zeldin campaign had launched against Andrew Giuliani. “Lee is willing to lie and be a stupid liar,” Rudy Giuliani snapped, adding that he couldn’t wait to spread the message to a wider audience in the coming weeks. Rudy Giuliani with his son Andrew on the campaign trail. “In terms of going after Lee it’s no holds barred,” Andrew Giuliani told The Post. Andrew Giuliani speaks during the 2022 New York GOP Convention in March.
McCarthy’s failure to lead House Republicans started before Jan. 6
       
McCarthy eventually joined two-thirds of House Republicans, voting after the insurrection, to oppose certifying Biden’s victory, while a third voted to support his clear win. McCarthy’s uncertainty about his own Jan. 6 vote confirmed to his internal GOP rivals that he feared Trump. Just 12 Senate Republicans signaled that they would vote to object to Biden’s win, and after the riot, four of them reversed course. Some 43 Senate Republicans, almost 85 percent of McConnell’s caucus, supported Biden’s victory. But McConnell’s clear actions ahead of Jan. 6 helped galvanize the vast majority of Senate Republicans to vote the way they preferred when it came to certification.
4 answers from Marjorie Taylor Greene's testimony about Jan. 6 that invite scrutiny
       
But the hearing did afford the public our first sworn testimony from a member of Congress about Jan. 6, 2021. Greene was combative, evasive and, like many witnesses in such a position, repeatedly responded to questions by saying she didn’t recall. But a few answers stand out, either because Greene’s responses didn’t make much sense, or because they’re likely to be revisited in the future. It’s hypothetical.”Question to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene: "In fact, you think that Speaker Pelosi is a traitor to the country, right?" AdvertisementIt seems unlikely that anything established in the testimony would clear the legal bar of proving Greene incited the insurrection.
Supreme Court to hear religious liberty dispute over high school coach's on-field prayers
       
"No child attending public school should have to pray to play school sports," said Americans United for Separation of Church and State president Rachel Laser, the group representing the school district. But high school football is his passion. The justices in other similar past disputes has generally prohibited public school prayer, even if it is voluntary. In a 2001 ruling involving a Texas high school policy allowing student-led, student-initiated prayer at high school football games, the high court found it violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. On the larger constitutional questions, lawyers for the school district say personal faith is sullied when mixed with government.
Inside The Final Days Of Ohio's MAGA Senate Primary
       
He is nothing if not publicly confident “we’re going to win the primary May 3.”Welcome to Ohio’s Republican Senate primary — chaotic, expensive and almost over. He instead went with Vance, who’s close with Donald Trump Jr., backed by tech billionaire Peter Thiel and somewhat of a celebrity. “Obviously, I had a little something to do [with it],” Trump Jr. told reporters. “You can like someone individually and say that’s not a performance you want to hang your hat on,” Trump Jr. said. Everybody!” Trump Jr. said.
In election misinformation fight, ’2020 changed everything’
       
“2020 changed everything,” said Alex Linser, deputy director of the Hamilton County, Ohio, election board. During the 2020 election, platforms applied fact checks, labeled or removed more than 300 pieces of popular, false content that Common Cause turned up. More recently, in Texas, more than 100 volunteers worked four-hour shifts to monitor false claims coming out of the state’s primary election in March. He drew national attention for refuting Trump’s false claims of mass voter fraud. Trump has continued to describe the 2020 election as “rigged” or “stolen,” despite a coalition of top government and industry officials calling it “the most secure in American history.” A mountain of evidence has concluded that the election was executed without any widespread fraud.
France's Macron warns of post-Trump election-like 'hangover' ahead of presidential vote
       
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron compared France's choice in Sunday's presidential runoff to that of U.S. voters before they elected Donald Trump into the White House, whilst warning that his current polling lead was not a guarantee of victory. "The next day they woke up with a hangover," Macron told BFM TV on Friday, saying that the situation in France is very similar as it involves a very fundamental choice about the direction of the country. He also pointed to opinion polls' inability to predict the outcomes of either the U.S. election or the Brexit referendum in 2016. Surveys by France's leading pollsters published on Thursday and Friday showed support for Macron over far-right challenger Marine Le Pen stable or up slightly, albeit with turnout slipping to a historic low. (Reporting by Sarah Morland, Editing by GV De Clercq and Raissa Kasolowsky)
France heads to the polls on Sunday. Here's what markets are expecting.
       
That’s as recent polls have swung decidely toward Macron and away from his far-right challenger, Marine Le Pen. Melenchon did not endorse Macron but has repeatedly told his voters that they can’t allow Le Pen to be elected. A Le Pen victory would send shockwaves through Europe. Though she doesn’t favor a French exit from the euro, Le Pen wants to restrict both the movement of goods and people within the European Union. Unlike Macron who wants to increase the retirement age, Le Pen wants to lower it.
Corporations made 'huge miscalculation' backing BLM, Trump's former diversity leader says
       
Bruce LeVell, a former diversity leader under the Donald Trump administration, published an op-ed condemning Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation and corporations helping to fund the group. "Black lives do matter. I say that as a Black man myself, but the concept isn’t really in dispute among ordinary, right-thinking Americans of any race or ethnicity," LeVell wrote in the Tennessee Star. "Corporations such as Papa John’s and Coca-Cola want to be on ‘the right side of history’ – but their leaders made a huge miscalculation by throwing their lot in with a radical, anti-American organization," LeVell wrote. Fox News Digital also detailed the yearly numbers of Black murders from 2010 to 2020 within the inquiry but did not receive a response from the organization as of Tuesday morning.
Florida congressional map a monumental injustice | Editorial
       
It wasn’t just the way GOP lawmakers colluded to pass a congressional redistricting map that defies the Florida Constitution, drawing lines clearly meant to benefit Republicans over any other consideration. Serving the wrong masterThe map lawmakers approved was not their first attempt. Under Florida law, legislators draw the districts, with the governor approving or vetoing the final map. It’s wrong to draw lines on a map that make some Florida voters invisible. The Sun Sentinel Editorial Board consists of Editorial Page Editor Steve Bousquet, Deputy Editorial Page Editor Dan Sweeney, and Editor-in-Chief Julie Anderson.
Official: Meadows had been warned of possible 1/6 violence
       
Updated 4 timesWASHINGTON — A former White House official told the House committee investigating the Capitol riot that President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, had been advised of intelligence reports showing the potential for violence, according to just-released transcripts. The committee released excerpts of testimony from multiple witnesses it has interviewed, including Hutchinson. Besides describing warnings of potential violence provided to Meadows, Hutchinson revealed how the White House counsel’s office cautioned against plans to enlist fake electors in states, including in meetings involving Meadows and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. The testimony released Friday also reinforced how certain Republicans in Congress were deeply involved in White House discussions about overturning the election in the months leading to the deadly insurrection. After the complaint was filed, the House committee sent a contempt of Congress charge against Meadows to the full House, where it passed on a near-party-line vote.
Opinion : Biden’s border disaster fuels the crime wave in American cities
       
And one major reason we are facing a surge in crime is the disaster Biden unleashed on our southern border. Last year, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) seized enough fentanyl to provide a lethal dose to every American. Over the past two years, Democrats have shown themselves to be opponents of both law enforcement and border enforcement. But, as Biden’s Title 42 decision shows, there has yet to be a similar reckoning when it comes to the border. Until Democrats reverse course on border security, as they have on police funding, the crime wave will continue — as will Biden’s collapse in the polls.
Opinion : The Jan. 6 committee and Merrick Garland must protect our endangered democracy
       
If the evidence is there (and public comments from committee members suggest that the panel has it), Garland’s department must prosecute him. Worry about what might or might not look “political” is itself a political consideration that should not impede equal justice under the law. Dionne Jr. 's opinions Follow AddThis is why the Jan. 6 committee should not be reluctant to make a criminal referral to the Justice Department if it concludes that Trump broke the law. Especially if Garland is already moving toward an indictment, some committee members worry that a referral might make legal action look — that word again — political. Because Garland has so studiously avoided grandstanding, any move the Justice Department makes against Trump will have exceptional credibility.
GOP reps introduce bill to expand access to ivermectin, other debunked covid cures
       
The following article was originally published in the Ohio Capital Journal and published on News5Cleveland.com under a content-sharing agreement. Several Ohio House Republicans have revived efforts to expand COVID-19 patients’ access to ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, and other drugs that have been shown to be ineffective in treating the disease. If health departments decline to do so, the legislation would allow citizens to sue the health departments to force their compliance. A randomized trial of hydroxychloroquine patients, also published in the NEJM, yielded similar results. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which regulates pharmaceutical companies, has not authorized the use of ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine against COVID-19.
Ohio Trump rally: Former president's backing may 'propel Vance to victory,' indicate power of his endorsement
       
Vance Saturday will likely be the biggest event of the hotly-contested race — and the race may be the biggest test of Trump's endorsement power yet. Trump backed Vance for the GOP Senate nomination in Ohio after months of the top candidates jockeying for his support. But it seems to me like Trump's endorsement could easily propel Vance to a victory." The Trump endorsement of Vance doesn't appear to have quelled concerns about him from at least some Ohio activists. This is not going to reduce Trump's support among Republican voters because his preferred choice lost by two points, if that's what happens."
Barabak: McCarthy, McConnell and the rot at the heart of Trump's GOP
       
There’s a rot at the core of the Republican Party and neither the party nor the country will heal until it’s excised. The article said McCarthy even considered ways to invoke the 25th Amendment, forcing Trump’s removal, before concluding that was not viable. It seems that only after weighing political calculations and parsing self-interests did McCarthy and McConnell back away from saying and doing the right thing. That’s what came under assault on Jan. 6 and why McConnell and McCarthy, among so many others, reflexively recoiled. What is repugnant about the evident deceit of McCarthy, McConnell and many others in Trump’s thrall is that they obviously know better than to believe the lies he keeps spreading.
AP News Summary at 7:25 a.m. EDT
       
Ukraine reports Russians trying to storm Mariupol plantKYIV, Ukraine (AP) — An advisor to Ukraine’s presidential office says Russian forces are attacking a steel plant that is the last defense stronghold of Ukrainian forces in the strategic port city of Mariupol. The advisor said during a briefing on Saturday that the Russian forces have resumed air strikes on Azovstal and were trying to storm it. Russia's standing in G-20 not threatened by Ukraine invasionWASHINGTON (AP) — Despite Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Moscow's membership in the Group of 20 remains firmly intact. The Prague-based company agreed to join a project to supply protection gear similar to bulletproof vests to Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces. French election: Macron in pole position, Le Pen racing hardPARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is in pole position to win reelection Sunday in France's presidential runoff.
AP News in Brief at 6:04 a.m. EDT
       
Ukrainian counterattacks slowing Russian offensive in eastKYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian troops are pressing their offensive in the eastern Donbas region in an attempt to fully seize Ukraine's industrial heartland but have made little headway as fierce Ukrainian counterattacks have slowed their efforts, Ukrainian and British officials said Saturday. Russian enemy continues to launch missile and bomb strikes on military and civilian infrastructure,” the General Staff said on its Facebook page. Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said Saturday that two people were killed by Russian shelling in the city of Popasna. Why would Russia want to stick around when its presence in the group is clearly unwelcome to many? “I think some of the best artists today are women artists,’’ she told The Associated Press.
Essential and Overlooked: Federal dollars changed Virginia's pandemic response. For some Latinos, help came too late.
       
Two years into the pandemic, COVID is killing more Virginians every day than it was when Mendez died on July 28, 2020. He was deteriorating when Google Translate popped up on the VDH site for COVID information on June 18 or then-Gov. And it isn’t a permanent solution to sustaining a state health department where at least 43% of the full-time workforce in 2021 was propped up by contractors forced to resign when the federal money funding them expires. But a Boston hospital found that early on in the pandemic, their non-English-speaking COVID patients were 35% more likely to die. Reppas was tasked with overseeing the procurement of translations alongside the agency’s health information team.
Americans Are Moving On From Jan. 6 — Even If Congress Hasn't
       
Jan. 6 Investigation Americans Are Moving On From Jan. 6 — Even If Congress Hasn't FacebookTwitterEmailLinkPHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY FIVETHIRTYEIGHT / GETTY IMAGESWelcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. And per a recent poll from Quinnipiac, 59 percent of Americans said they had been following the committee’s actions “very” or “somewhat” closely. Overall, 46 percent of all respondents said they thought Trump had committed a crime, and 48 percent said they thought he did not. This doesn’t mean, though, that Americans — including Republicans — approve of what happened on Jan. 6. In fact, the poll found that 48 percent of Americans thought Trump did not commit a crime.
North Korea's Kim praises South's departing Moon
       
STORY: In a rare bout of friendly exchange, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un reportedly traded letters this past week with South Korea's outgoing President Moon Jae-in. The letters, reported by North Korean state media KCNA and confirmed by Moon's office, come despite strained border ties and flaring tensions over Pyongyang's recent weapons tests. And on Friday, KCNA said Kim thanked Moon for trying to improve relations between the two countries, calling the letter exchange an expression of 'deep trust'. Moon staked his legacy on improving inter-Korean ties, and helped arrange unprecedented meetings between Kim and then-U.S. President Donald Trump in a bid to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula. South Korean and U.S. troops also began their annual joint military drills this week, which North Korea routinely denounces as rehearsals for war.
North Korea’s Kim praises South’s outgoing Moon in rare exchange of letters
       
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has expressed rare praise for South Korea’s outgoing president Moon Jae-in as the two leaders exchanged “letters of friendship” despite growing tensions between the two nations. This exchange of letters between the leaders of Seoul and Pyongyang is an “expression of their deep trust”, North Korea’s KCNA state news agency reported. In his letter, Mr Kim expressed hope for improved inter-Korean relations if the “North and the South make tireless efforts”. The two Korean leaders also had three summits in 2018 that produced an agreement to reduce military tensions on the border. Story continuesBut after discussions with Trump faltered, the relations soured and the North branded Mr Moon as a meddlesome mediator.
North Korea's Kim offers rare praise for South's departing Moon
       
North Korean state media was the first to report the exchange and the unexpected North Korean plaudits for the stalled effort by Moon and his liberal administration to engage. "Kim Jong Un appreciated the pains and effort taken by Moon Jae-in for the great cause of the nation until the last days of his term of office," North Korea's KCNA state news agency reported. The letters come against a backdrop of tension since a failed North Korea-U.S. summit in 2019, exacerbated last month when North Korea launched intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), ending a self-imposed 2017 moratorium. The exchange came as U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Sung Kim was in South Korea for talks. Tension escalated when North Korea last month conducted its first full ICBM test since 2017, and there are concerns that it is preparing to restart nuclear testing.
Texas butterfly center targeted by far-right conspiracy theorists to reopen
       
There’s a legend in south Texas involving the Monarch butterfly, the magnificent insect with the tiger markings. Far-right conspiracists and QAnon followers targeted the center and threatened violence because it opposed the construction of Trump’s border wall based on its impact on the surrounding habitat. Today, the center will reopen to the public in honor of Earth Day, which was celebrated on Friday. In fact, the butterfly center is the essence of tranquility. Treviño-Wright said the re-opening of the butterfly center comes with some trepidation, even after implementing security recommendations from a consulting firm.
Conrad Black: Canada's courageous defence of Ukraine
       
Conrad Black: Canada's courageous defence of Ukraine Canada has incurred more gratitude in Europe for its military assistance than at any time since the First Canadian Army largely liberated the Netherlands in 1945 Photo by Sgt. Advertisement 2 Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Advertisement 3 Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Advertisement 4 Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. The United States has faithfully adhered to the Roosevelt pledge and to its NATO obligations and we reciprocated until the last 25 years.
Raymond J. de Souza: Lessons from Biden’s mask mandate failure
       
Raymond J. de Souza: Lessons from Biden’s mask mandate failure There is a difference between courts that act imperfectly and courts that are impotent. Try refreshing your browser, or Raymond J. de Souza: Lessons from Biden’s mask mandate failure Back to video On Easter Monday, I headed off to preach at a retreat to a group of priests in the American south. Little did we know that, while en route, a federal judge in Florida struck down the U.S. Centres for Disease Control’s (CDC) mask mandate. Within hours of landing, the airplane mask mandate was no longer being enforced by the federal government and the major airlines had dropped it. Article content The Florida court applied principles of administrative law to the mask mandate.
Kevin McCarthy Would Have a Lot of Explaining to Do Right Now If Republicans Had Any Capacity for Shame
       
Shortly after the Times’ story ran, McCarthy released a statement forcefully denying this ever happened. It read: “The New York Times’ reporting on me is totally false and wrong. All words that would mean something if, in fact, the story about McCarthy had been wrong. Maybe even a line about knowing he’s got a lot of work to do to regain people’s trust! But, of course, that’s not the world we live in, and Republicans do not actually have any ability to feel shame.
Marjorie Taylor Greene Apparently Can’t “Recall” Anything That Happened in the Last Three Years
       
Twitter content This content can also be viewed on the site it originates from. If she, like others, advocated for Donald Trump to use martial law to stop Joe Biden from becoming president? Naturally, Greene could not remember. Twitter content This content can also be viewed on the site it originates from. Obviously, the congresswoman couldn’t “recall” how that happened.
“Conservative Guys Are Going to Get All the Girls”: Author James Pogue on the New Right
       
Author James Pogue talks to cohosts Emily Jane Fox and Joe Hagan about the so-called New Right, the intellectual movement congealing around tech billionaire and MAGA mega-donor Peter Thiel and the Trumpist GOP, which he wrote about for the May issue of Vanity Fair. After embedding himself with the vanguard of intellectuals whose reactionary politics, antagonism for democracy, and visions of retro-patriarchy inform the agendas of people like Tucker Carlson and J.D. Vance, Pogue demystifies fringe ideas like the “black pill,” “trad wives,” and “ball tanning.”Content This content can also be viewed on the site it originates from. More Great Stories From Vanity Fair— Inside the Virus-Hunting Nonprofit at the Center of the Lab-Leak Controversy— Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Probably Won’t Be Splitting a Milkshake Anytime Soon— CNN Leaves the Drama Behind With Focus on War in Ukraine— Trump’s Truth Social Is an Even Bigger Humiliation Than Previous Business Failures— The Clock Is Ticking on the January 6 Investigation— The Washington Post Checks In, Finds Trump Is Still a Lying Sociopath— A Ukrainian Woman Explains the War to Europe’s Skeptics— From the Archive: How Playboy Imran Khan Became the Prime Minister of Pakistan— Not a subscriber? Join Vanity Fair to receive full access to VF.com and the complete online archive now.
Further Evidence Emerges the Saudis Did Not Pay Jared Kushner Billions Because They Thought He Was an Investing Genius
       
How do we know it was, most likely, Kushner’s extremely friendly relationship with the kingdom and Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman that sealed the deal and not, say, his investing prowess? In addition to the due diligence panel’s reservations, there’s also the matter of Affinity’s pitch deck, which was recently obtained by The Intercept. The pitch deck manages to simultaneously demonstrate almost no investment expertise or thesis while brazenly suggesting would-be investors would benefit from the firm’s influence peddling after writing Jared a check. Last week Senator Elizabeth Warren said the Department of Justice should investigate the $2 billion Saudi investment. If you would like to receive the Levin Report in your inbox daily, click here to subscribe.
Surprise: The Guy Behind the GoFundMe to Build Trump's Border Wall Was Scamming
       
Brian Kolfage, the Air Force veteran who fundraised tens of millions from MAGA-heads in the name of building Trump's border wall, admitted Thursday to pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars that were donated to his bogus efforts. Kolfage established We Build the Wall in 2018 to help construct barriers along the United States’ southern border, a promise Donald Trump repeatedly made on the campaign trail and during his presidency. He also agreed to pay between $20,000 and $200,000 in fines and to serve 51 to 63 months in prison. Trump’s vow to construct a “big, beautiful wall” along the entirety of the United States-Mexico border was a put-on from the get-go, more mnemonic device than policy proposal. But Kolfage’s border barrier was somehow even scammier: Beginning as a sketchy, but viral GoFundMe campaign in 2018, Kolfage registered We Build the Wall as a nonprofit the following year to raise money to build border wall segments.
GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy scrambles to contain fallout from leaked tape on Trump and Jan. 6
       
McCarthy has public appearances Saturday in California and Monday with TrumpSome Republicans believe McCarthy's plans to become speaker were dashed before the leaked tapesHouse GOP sympathizes with McCarthy and view Trump as detrimental, source saysScalise does not think McCarthy should resignWASHINGTON –House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy and his allies are scrambling to contain the damage wrought by new audio tapes in which he can be heard saying Trump should have resigned after the insurrection of Jan. 6, 2021 – comments he denied making just hours before the release of the tapes.
Damon Young: A minute-by-minute recap of driving through the ‘People’s Convoy’
       
And they’re doing this to … protest? 3:23: Most of the cars in the convoy are draped with American flags. I never understood the compulsion to be so conspicuously patriotic — to show every American in America that you’re the Americanest American … when everyone knows that you’re American. How small must these people be to think that what they’re doing is doing anything other than providing entertainment for an otherwise mundane stretch of highway? “Yeah, I think they’re patriots.” “Why do you say that?” “To drive this much with gas this expensive, you definitely love America.”AdvertisementGiftOutline Gift Article
Former President Trump to campaign for Ohio Senate candidate J.D. Vance
       
Former President Trump is expected to hit the campaign trail in Ohio this weekend, where he is likely to endorse Senate candidate J.D. Vance, shaking up the race in a key swing state. NBC News’ Vaughn Hillyard reports from Columbus, Ohio. April 22, 2022
Sexual assault claims should disqualify GOP primary candidates
       
In at least four primary races around the country, women have accused Republican candidates of domestic abuse and sexual violence. Last week, eight women accused Herbster of sexually assaulting them. And yet, despite these serious allegations, Herbster, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump in October, isn’t just continuing to run his race; he’s running as the victim. For female candidates, appeals to gender solidarity or attacks on misogyny do not seem to work in Republican primaries. “It’s very hard to make those appeals, even for women candidates appealing to women,” she said.
'Trump made me do it' Jan. 6 defense is bad news for Trump
       
Last week, an Ohio man was convicted for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Thompson’s conviction should signal to the other 700-plus defendants charged in the attack that the “Trump-made-me-do it” defense is a loser. But importantly, rejection of this defense does not in any way exonerate Trump. Here, when Trump famously urged his supporters at the Ellipse rally on Jan. 6 to “walk down to the Capitol,” Thompson was under no threat of death. The Jan. 6 attack illustrated in stark terms the power of a dynamic figure to inspire others to engage in violent extremism.
Republicans face a new reckoning over what GOP House leader McCarthy said about Trump
       
Republicans face a new reckoning over what GOP House leader McCarthy said about TrumpEnlarge this image toggle caption Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images file photo Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images file photoThe Republican Party is facing a new moment of reckoning tied to its top leaders and the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. It follows the release of two private audio conversations involving House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, including a new tape in which he claims Trump admitted some responsibility for the insurrection. A day earlier, Martin and Burns shared another McCarthy tape from a Jan. 10, 2021 House Republican leadership call. For now, many of the revelations exposed in the calls mimic concerns McCarthy shared publicly in the early days after the attack. A long list of GOP leaders and other members were clearly furious after the attack, including McCarthy, Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, but they and others returned to the fold soon after.
Trump's Oz, Vance endorsements bring cash windfall, backlash
       
In Ohio, Trump's endorsement has been a major boon to Vance, who had been trailing in the polls before Trump’s intervention. Protect Ohio Values, the super PAC supporting Vance, says it has brought in $5 million since Trump's endorsement. Story continuesBoth groups are using that money to air new ads trumpeting Trump's endorsement that they expect to run exclusively through the rest of the campaign. Linda Davidson, a retired financial consultant from Kirtland, said Trump’s endorsement “very much” crystallized her vote for Vance. “Trump's endorsement has given people a chance to stop and think and go, ‘Wait a minute.
J.D. Vance’s 'disdain' for Ukraine proof he's wrong for Ohioans and Donald Trump| Opinion
       
Jeffrey Scott ShapiroGuest columnistI served in the Trump administration for nearly four years and was a loyal supporter of the former president. Vance for U.S. Senate and is expected to arrive in the Columbus area today, April 23 to rally thousands of America Firsters in his support. However, I believe Vance’s view on foreign policy is wrong for Ohio, the Republican Party and the United States. Senator Rob Portman, who has called for more “lethal aid” for Ukraine and that America should “stand shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine.”More:Former President Trump considering J.D. Vance endorsement; some trying to stop itVance’s comments on Ukraine are inconsistent with the other significant Republican U.S. Senate leaders.
AP News Summary at 4:53 a.m. EDT
       
Russia's standing in G-20 not threatened by Ukraine invasionWASHINGTON (AP) — Despite Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Moscow's membership in the Group of 20 remains firmly intact. And while President Joe Biden has said Russia should no longer remain a member of the G-20, no country has ever been kicked out. After Russian troops launched their assault, Tlusty & Co. has hired 15 Ukrainian refugees to help it manufacture body armor for Ukraine's volunteer defenders. The Prague-based company agreed to join a project to supply protection gear similar to bulletproof vests to Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces. French election: Macron in pole position, Le Pen racing hardPARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is in pole position to win reelection Sunday in France's presidential runoff.
Delaware County Fairgrounds hosting Trump rally despite some resident and IRS concerns
       
When Donald Trump steps onto the stage at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Saturday night, there will be those — likely at the fringes of the expected thousands — looking on in anger, not adoration. The county fairgrounds, especially one that is walking distance from her home in downtown Delaware, should be reserved for livestock, 4-H clubs, midways and harness racing, she said. Rally announcement: Former President Donald Trump to visit Delaware County ahead of May primaryMcLaughlin and some others question whether the county fair board should be hosting a partisan political rally considering they are an IRS-approved 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization. Delaware County is heavily Republican, including every county officeholder. Mindy Hedges, a long-time Democrat from Radnor Township and one of the protest organizers, said allowing the use of the fairgrounds for a political rally was "atrocious."
France winds up election campaign of fear and loathing
       
Four separate surveys published on Thursday and Friday after a tense TV debate showed Macron’s score nonetheless either stable or slightly rising to reach between 55.5% and 57.5%. “I will vote (Macron) with no conviction at all, but the France of Marine Le Pen is inconceivable. I don’t want a France that is against diversity,” said Alice Dubois, 28, a journalist from Paris on holiday. BOTTOM OF THEPILEIn the TV debate, Macron said a Le Pen presidency would have disastrous consequences. That was evident this week on the streets of the former industrial north of France, a region which includes many Le Pen strongholds and where she has chosen to conclude her campaign.
As border rule change looms, Mexico frets about U.S. immigration strategy
       
Title 42 allowed U.S. authorities to quickly expel undocumented migrants to Mexico. But its removal risks pushing the record number of migrants attempting to enter the United States higher still, officials and politicians said. The official made the comments before the arrival of Julieta Valls Noyes, a senior U.S. migration official, who flew to Mexico this week for talks due to last until the weekend. U.S. officials are on track to arrest even more migrants at the border with Mexico this year after record-breaking figures in Biden’s first year in office. Thousands more migrants stranded in camps on the U.S-Mexico border have also become prey for extortion, they say.
Ukraine war: Every country in the world will now want nuclear weapons, WH adviser claims
       
AdvertisementEvery country in the world will now want nuclear weapons because Putin has shown that if you have the bomb, nobody will aid your enemies, a former White House adviser has dramatically claimed. The test came as NATO powers including Britain pledged to provide further arms to help Ukraine repel Russian invaders. 'The nuclear issue is something that everybody should be concerned about on a global basis because he [Putin] is basically telling every country: You need a nuclear weapon,' she said. Initial tests of the missile took place in 2017 and the first full-scale launch was delayed from December, prior to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The news about Russia invading Ukraine worried her, she said, and she started reading the news online and on social media every day.
The Hazard-Filled Ruling on the Transportation Mask Mandate
       
She did not rely on narrow ground such as the fact that, at this stage in the COVID-19 crisis, hospitalization rates are low and vaccines are widely available, and so a transportation mask mandate might no longer be justified. cited for the mask mandate can’t possibly apply. (Ruth Marcus, of the Washington Post, referred to Mizelle’s order as “advocacy masquerading as lawgiving.”)Mizelle also found that the C.D.C. This part of Mizelle’s order is more tethered to reality, and, if her order had vacated the mandate solely because of such procedural issues, it would have been far less troubling. There would still have been questions about a single federal judge overturning the rule nationwide—a subject of frequent contention in recent years, by both Democrats and Republicans—but the C.D.C.
Ivanka and Jared Can’t Escape Neighbor Drama
       
Ivanka Trump is seen taking a walk with husband Jared Kushner and their children on June 12, 2021, in Miami, Florida. After Trump failed to prolong his presidency through extralegal means, Jared and Ivanka decided to leave Washington. And it seems the couple haven’t escaped neighbor drama — though this time, they might not be the real source of the problem. … “You’re standing right next to the sign,” the neighbor told Ivanka. Jared and Ivanka have done plenty that warrants legitimate criticism, from flouting various ethical rules to enabling the Trump administration’s terrible policies.
Meadows had been warned of possible Jan. 6 violence: official
       
Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows had been advised of intelligence reports indicating the potential for violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, according to new evidence released Friday night connected to the House committee’s investigation into the riot. It was unclear what, if anything, Meadows did with the intelligence, Hutchinson said. Let’s talk about it.’”Mark Meadows was advised of intelligence reports indicating the potential for violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Rioters supporting Donald Trump are seen rallying at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. We gotta get going!”Rep. Scott Perry was texting Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows as early as Dec. 26, 2021.
France's Marine Le Pen has American liberals worried
       
WASHINGTON — American liberals are anxiously watching Sunday’s presidential election in France, where they fear a victory by the far-right Marine LePen would undermine the West’s newly emboldened defense of democracy from both external Russian militarism and internal ethnonationalism. “This is a genuine threat to progressives’ vision of a pluralistic, multiethnic democracy,” said Matt Duss, foreign policy adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. “Everyone should be clear that a Le Pen victory would be a massive boost for the Trump movement here." Polls show Macron, running for a second term, has expanded his lead and most expect he will prevail in Sunday's runoff. But the polls were off in the first round and analysts say supporters of a left-wing candidate who narrowly missed the runoff may stay home or even cast a protest vote for the anti-establishment Le Pen over the unpopular Macron. Le Pen has attacked Macron from the left over his plans to cut social welfare programs to make the country more appealing to business by, among other things, raising the retirement age from 62 to 65.
Trump's J.D. Vance endorsement breeds more chaos in Ohio's GOP Senate primary
       
Trump’s endorsement in the closely watched May 3 primary had been in the works for days, according to previous reporting by NBC News. Rather than clearing the field or creating a unified front of GOP support for Vance, Trump’s endorsement has escalated the tension and nastiness that from the start have served as the race’s hallmarks. Polls conducted before the Trump endorsement, including one commissioned by the super PAC, had shown Vance rising, but by no means a decisive front-runner. "I’ve been running for Ohio, and everything they’ve done has been" for Trump's endorsement, said Dolan, who did not aggressively seek Trump’s support. “So with two weeks left, what do they have to run on?”The others in the race are wrestling with what losing Trump’s endorsement means for their candidacies.
AP News Summary at 4:06 a.m. EDT
       
Russia's standing in G-20 not threatened by Ukraine invasionWASHINGTON (AP) — Despite Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Moscow's membership in the Group of 20 remains firmly intact. And while President Joe Biden has said Russia should no longer remain a member of the G-20, no country has ever been kicked out. The Prague-based company agreed to join a project to supply protection gear similar to bulletproof vests to Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces. So far it's been a race against the clock, with the company getting new machines, new material and new workers. French election: Macron in pole position, Le Pen racing hardPARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is in pole position to win reelection Sunday in France's presidential runoff.
"Been Very Clear With India, Don't Want To See Them Rely On Russia": Pentagon
       
The US discourages India to rely on Russia for its defence needs, the Pentagon has said. The US discourages India to rely on Russia for its defence needs, the Pentagon has said. "We've been very clear with India as well as other nations that we don't want to see them rely on Russia for defence needs. "At the same time, we also value the defence partnership that we have with India. The US has already imposed sanctions on Turkey under the US State Department Counsellor Derek Chollet (CAATSA) for the purchase of a batch of S-400 missile defence systems from Russia.
Republicans ask Twitter board to preserve records of Elon Musk's bid
       
Yahoo Finance's Rick Newman details Republican lawmakers' interest in Tesla CEO Elon Musk's proposed bid for Twitter and the discourse surrounding Musk's political leanings. And now, House Republicans seem to be almost claiming Elon of one of their own, which is an interesting dynamic. They've suggested that all records should be preserved of Elon's bid to take over Twitter, that the board should preserve all those records. So they think Elon Musk might be more forgiving. If they feel like Elon Musk gets a raw deal, then they're going to call the Twitter board to a show hearing.
AP News Summary at 2:07 a.m. EDT
       
Russia shifts forces for battle over Ukrainian heartlandKYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia and Ukraine are hurtling toward what could be an epic battle for control of the country’s industrial heartland. Russia's standing in G-20 not threatened by Ukraine invasionWASHINGTON (AP) — Despite Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Moscow's membership in the Group of 20 remains firmly intact. Disney government dissolution bill signed by DeSantisTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Sharpton demands name of officer who killed Patrick LyoyaGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Rev. Voting groups sue over Florida congressional mapTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Voting rights groups have sued Florida over a congressional map drawn by Gov.
What the GOP’s muted response on the McCarthy tapes means for the Republican Party
       
A big test will come Saturday, when McCarthy is due to speak at the California Republican Party Convention in Anaheim. “These next several months are a test for Kevin McCarthy,” Epshteyn said. Gaetz on Friday accused former House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney of Wyoming of leaking the recording, which her office has denied. Their lack of action allowed anti-Trump Republicans and former party members to fill the void. Honestly Kevin, is it worth it?”Question for Kevin McCarthy, @GOPLeader… how can you honestly feel ok with the lies?
Official: Meadows had been warned of possible 1
       
Cassidy Hutchinson, who served as a special assistant in the Trump White House, told the committee “there were concerns brought forward” to Meadows ahead of the riot but it was unclear what Meadows did with that information. Besides describing warnings of potential violence provided to Meadows, she also revealed how the White House counsel’s office cautioned against plans to enlist fake electors in states, including in meetings involving Meadows and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. The filing also includes new text messages that Meadows turned over to the committee, including several from GOP members of Congress who were pushing him to act. Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry was texting Meadows as early as Dec. 26: “Mark, just checking in as time continues to count down. Meadows’ attorney, George Terwilliger, has previously defended his client by noting that due to Meadows’ willingness to turn over records, he should not be compelled to appear for an interview.
‘Democracy in Florida is not functioning.’ Governor’s rigged maps rob Black voters of power
       
As Florida Republicans gave final approval to new congressional districts on Thursday, Black lawmakers staged a sit-in on the floor of the legislature, praying, chanting and singing that Black voters were under attack in the state. DeSantis nonetheless eliminated two districts that allow Black voters to do so. The governor has openly talked about his desire to get rid of the fifth congressional district, which is 46% Black and stretches from Jacksonville to Tallahassee. DeSantis’s plan chops the district into four Republican districts where Black voters would comprise a much smaller share of the population. “Speaking from the view of what the courts have done more recently, they may get away with it.”DeSantis appears eager to attack the anti-gerrymandering language Florida voters added to the state constitution.
Top Republican under fire for recording of him urging Trump to resign over Capitol riot
       
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, came under fire from some of his fellow party members, after an audio recording surfaced of him saying that then-President Donald Trump should resign over the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot. But as criticism of the House minority leader mounted on Twitter, the Washington Post reported that he and Trump had spoken by phone and that the Republican former president was not upset about McCarthy’s remarks. McCarthy told Cheney he planned to call Trump to discuss a mechanism for invoking the 25th Amendment, under which then-Vice President Mike Pence and Cabinet members could have removed the president from office. In another audio tape, McCarthy told Republican lawmakers that Trump had admitted bearing some responsibility for the Jan. 6 attack, according to CNN. McCarthy’s political fate will depend largely on Trump, who remains the most powerful figure in the Republican Party more than a year after he left office.
FAA says it failed to tell Capitol Police about plane that caused panic
       
The Federal Aviation Administration acknowledged Friday that it failed to alert Capitol Police about an Army parachute jump at a nearby baseball stadium, a misstep that led to a security alert and evacuation of the US Capitol. The Federal Aviation Administration acknowledged Friday that it failed to alert Capitol Police about an Army parachute jump at a nearby baseball stadium. Not knowing the plane's harmless mission, panicked congressional staffers fled the Capitol and House and Senate office buildings. 'The Federal Aviation Administration's apparent failure to notify Capitol Police of the pre-planned flyover Nationals Stadium is outrageous and inexcusable,' Pelosi said in a statement. 'Evacuate Now: Aircraft Intrusion' read the alert ordering the evacuation of the the US Capitol, Capitol Visitor Center, Library of Congress, House and Senate office buildings, and the US Botanical Garden.
Meadows Was Warned Jan. 6 Could Turn Violent, House Panel Says
       
Ms. Hutchinson told investigators that she heard lawyers from the White House Counsel’s Office say the plan for alternate electors was not “legally sound,” according to the filing. She was present for key meetings and discussions in the White House in the buildup to Jan. 6. Ms. Hutchinson also told the panel that top White House lawyers had threatened to resign over extreme plans to seize voting machines, and that had helped persuade Mr. Meadows to back off that plan. The panel also emphasized how personally involved Mr. Meadows was in attempts to pressure Brad Raffensperger, the Georgia secretary of state, over Mr. Trump’s loss there — so much so that Mr. Raffensperger ducked and ignored his phone calls, viewing them as improper. The president wants to talk to you,’” Mr. Raffensperger recalled an aide telling him.
Trump says he and Kevin McCarthy remain on good terms
       
Former President Donald Trump said in a Friday interview that he and Kevin McCarthy remain on good terms — despite the recent reports revealing the House minority leader planned to ask him to resign following the Capitol riot. Donald Trump said Kevin McCarthy (left) and him remain on good terms — despite reports revealing McCarthy planned to ask him to resign over the Capitol riot. APRep. Liz Cheney could be heard on audio with Kevin McCarthy on Jan. 10 regarding how Trump should handle the fallout of the events of Jan. 6. Trump told the paper that he still would still support the House Minority Leader, who is currently up for reelection. “Well I don’t know of anybody else that’s running and I think that I’ve had actually a very good relationship with him,” Trump told The Journal.
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United StatesCongressman Kevin McCarthy, the top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, came under fire from some of his fellow party members, after an audio recording showed him saying that then-President Donald Trump should resign over the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot. April 22, 2022
The greens would love Macron, if he weren’t so easy to hate
       
But in Wednesday's TV debate she jabbed at Macron by calling him a "climate hypocrite" — and it hit a nerve. Experts and environmentalists point out that Macron's five-year term was marked with sweeping declarations of intent but patchy delivery, raising doubts about his sincerity on climate issues. As president, Macron developed clear rhetoric backing climate action, said Anne Bringault, a member of the French Climate Action Network. When his former environment minister, Nicolas Hulot, resigned in 2018 over his frustration at lack of progress on key issues, Macron "didn't change these structures ... he changed one person." Questionable climate championIn Brussels too, Macron's commitment to climate issues has faced heavy criticism.
DeSantis proves an apt student of Trump-style bully politics
       
Ruth Ben-Ghiat, professor of history at New York University, talks with Ali Velshi about the next generation of Trump Republican as modeled in Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. April 23, 2022
Trump's Oz, Vance endorsements bring cash windfall, backlash
       
In Ohio, Trump's endorsement has been a major boon to Vance, who had been trailing in the polls before Trump’s intervention. Protect Ohio Values, the super PAC supporting Vance, says it has brought in $5 million since Trump's endorsement. Both groups are using that money to air new ads trumpeting Trump's endorsement that they expect to run exclusively through the rest of the campaign. Linda Davidson, a retired financial consultant from Kirtland, said Trump’s endorsement “very much” crystallized her vote for Vance. “Trump's endorsement has given people a chance to stop and think and go, ‘Wait a minute.
AP News Summary at 12:38 a.m. EDT
       
Russia shifts forces for battle over Ukrainian heartlandKYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia and Ukraine are hurtling toward what could be an epic battle for control of the country’s industrial heartland. Disney government dissolution bill signed by DeSantisTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Russia's standing in G-20 not threatened by Ukraine invasionWASHINGTON (AP) — Despite Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Moscow's membership in the Group of 20 remains firmly intact. Voting groups sue over Florida congressional mapTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Voting rights groups have sued Florida over a congressional map drawn by Gov. New addition to business failuresNEW YORK (AP) — Epic business failures — the Edsel, Quibi, New Coke — have some new company.
Jan. 6 committee says Meadows knew about threat of violence ahead of riot
       
The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol asked a federal judge on Friday to enforce its subpoena of Mark Meadows, revealing new evidence that the former White House chief of staff had been warned of potential violence ahead of the riot. The court filing portrays Meadows as a key figure in former President Trump’s efforts to remain in power after losing the 2020 election. “And Mr. Meadows said: ‘All right. The committee outlines a number of arguments to push back on Meadows’ claims of executive privilege, arguing that much of his work went beyond communication with other White House staffers. “In addition, Mr. Meadows communicated repeatedly by text with Congressman Scott Perry regarding a plan to replace Department of Justice leadership in the days before Jan. 6,” it adds.
Macron tells voters: Now choose the France you want
       
Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterWrapping up his campaign in the postcard-pretty medieval village of Figeac in southern France, Macron told voters that Sunday was no less than a plebiscite on the country's future. "April 24 will be a referendum for or against a secular, united, indivisible France ... we are for." 1/4 French President Emmanuel Macron, candidate for his re-election in the 2022 French presidential election, talks to journalists during a visit in Saint-Denis as he campaigns in Seine-Saint-Denis ahead of the second round of the presidential election, France, April 21, 2022. But she said some of her clients would vote Le Pen as an anti-Macron protest. That resonates for many on the streets of the former industrial north of France, a region which includes many Le Pen strongholds and where she has chosen to conclude her campaign.
Morning Digest: Georgia Republican apes Trump in desperate pitch to win back suburban voters
       
She then says of Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath, who unseated her last cycle, "My opponent—she's supporting those who attack police, playing partisan politics and making things worse." Cisneros said during his 2018 campaign that he believed the Democratic Party needed new leadership, though he didn't explicitly say he'd oppose returning Pelosi to the speaker's chair. Feehan then gives his opinion of freshman Republican Rep. Jim Hagedorn, who defeated him in a tight race in 2018. ? NC-11: Three women have recently come forward to accuse Republican Madison Cawthorn of making unwanted sexual advances, including two by name. However, says McDaniel, Cawthorn took an apparently longer route and began quizzing her about her sexual experiences.
Morning Digest: New Hampshire's Republican governor threatens to veto Republican gerrymander
       
That leaves the state with two choices: Either postpone the primary for all elections, or conduct two separate primaries. ? OH-Gov: Former Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley's opening ad for the Democratic primary features the candidate talking about her working-class upbringing. ? FL-07: Longtime congressional staffer Rusty Roberts tells Florida Politics that he's considering seeking the Republican nod to succeed Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy, and the site adds that he "will likely announce next week." ? GA-07: End Citizens United has endorsed Rep. Lucy McBath in her May Democratic primary battle against fellow incumbent Carolyn Bourdeaux. ? MI-13: Retiring Rep. Brenda Lawrence has endorsed Michigan Civil Rights Commissioner Portia Roberson in the crowded August Democratic primary to succeed her.
Oregon Primary Campaign Ads Take Over Your TV
       
If you've turned on your TV in the past few weeks, you've definitely encountered campaign ads. (Note: One major candidate is not covered here, because she has no ads up yet. Former State Sen. Betsy Johnson of Scappoose is running as an Independent and doesn’t need to worry about a primary; she’s presumably hoarding campaign cash to unleash a barrage of ads in the fall.) Conspicuously absent from her ad are virtually any images of the problems in her hometown (no tent-lined streets here—that comes later, mostly in the Republican ads). His campaign posted its first ad on Monday, a late-to-the-game entry that came after Pierce himself loaned the campaign $500,000.
Morning Digest: Billionaire developer rounds out the field in crowded race for mayor of Los Angeles
       
Governors? AL-Gov: The very first poll we've seen of the May Republican primary comes to us from Cherry Communications on behalf of Gov. Josh Green far ahead of the rest of the field in what is currently a three-way Democratic primary. ? TX-Gov, TX-AG: The University of Texas has released a survey of the March 1 Republican primary from YouGov that finds Gov. ? PA-18: Edgewood Borough Council member Bhavini Patel has joined the May Democratic primary for this open and safely blue seat. ? VA-02: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy last week endorsed state Sen. Jen Kiggans' bid to take on Democratic incumbent Elaine Luria.
Morning Digest: Federal judges let Ohio GOP run out the clock and use illegal gerrymandered maps
       
The GOP primary grew larger still on Thursday when author and investor Vikram Mansharamani kicked off his campaign. Chris Sununu cruising to a 55-29 lead over state Sen. Tom Sherman, who is the only notable Democrat challenging the three-term incumbent so far. ? IL-15: Rep. Mary Miller has launched an ad going after fellow GOP Rep. Rodney Davis for voting to create the Jan. 6 investigation committee. ? NC-01: The state AFL-CIO has endorsed state Sen. Don Davis in the May 17 Democratic primary for this open seat. at Barack Obama during a 2009 presidential address to Congress, for her campaign to beat incumbent Nancy Mace in the June Republican primary.
2022 United States Senate election in North Carolina
       
Class III U.S. Senate election in North Carolina2022 United States Senate election in North Carolina ? 2016 November 8, 2022 2028 ? Party Republican Democratic Incumbent U.S. senatorRichard BurrRepublicanThe 2022 United States Senate election in North Carolina is scheduled to be held November 8, 2022. Primary elections were scheduled for March 8, 2022,[1] but were delayed by the North Carolina Supreme Court, and rescheduled for May 17, 2022. [2]Democrat Cheri Beasley, a former justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court (2012–2020; Chief Justice 2019–2020),[3] has announced her 2022 U.S. Senate candidacy. [5][6]Primary elections in North Carolina are scheduled to be held on May 17. Jeff Jackson, who has represented the 37th district in the North Carolina Senate since 2014, was widely speculated as a potential candidate for U.S. Senate in 2020, but he decided to run for re-election to the State Senate instead.
Five myths about George Soros
       
George Soros helped the Nazis. As Soros pointed out, the man with whom young Soros was hiding out did once bring him along when he went to take inventory of a Jewish person’s house, but Soros was not involved in the confiscation of Jewish goods. When I interviewed Hungarian government spokesman Zoltán Kovács for my book on Soros, he said that Hungarians think of Soros not as a Jewish person but as a globalist. AdvertisementIn his 1991 book, Soros wrote: “My Jewishness did not express itself in a sense of tribal loyalty that would have led me to support Israel. Earlier this year, the Washington Times ran an article under the headline, “George Soros, 89, is still on a quest to destroy America.”AdvertisementSoros is simply a large political donor who entered the fray in 2004, when he contributed $27 million to groups trying to oust President George W. Bush.
Dem-on-Dem primary in Michigan spikes party's blood pressure
       
Members of Michigan’s congressional delegation have mostly declined to discuss the member-on-member primary in public. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, another Michigan Democrat, said she is not weighing in on the primary. So far, though, some Democrats are worried about their bench in that 10th District seat, even with five candidates now running. Other longtime observers of Michigan politics went further, saying in interviews that it might be a tough race for any Democrat to win. If he cared about protecting the majority, Axne added, he would have run in the 10th District.
Morning Digest: Trump backs far-right ex-cop who refuses to accept his own 2020 defeat
       
But while Culp's fundraising has been extremely weak, he already had a base even before Trump chose him this week. Governors? AL-Gov: Businessman Tim James' new commercial for the May Republican primary declares that Gov. All the Democrats entered the race after Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier announced her retirement in mid-November, and Canepa outraised his rivals during their first quarter. ? OR-04: EMILY's List has endorsed state Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle in the May Democratic primary for this open seat. On the Democratic side, state Rep. Bee Nguyen took in $690,000 during this time and had $945,000 to spend.
'Dripping with poison of antisemitism': the demonization of George Soros
       
Indeed Soros’s son, Alexander Soros, said in an op-ed on Wednesday that many attacks on his father over the years have been “dripping with the poison of anti-semitism”. It surfaced in US rightwing media during the Bush administration, when Soros became more active in opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Indeed, advocacy groups like the ADL say that all of the conspiracy theories about Soros frequently use “well-worn antisemitic tropes”. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesEncoding Soros as a “globalist” ties in with much older ways of talking about Jews in Europe. In light of pipe bomb attacks on figures, including Soros, who have loomed large in rightwing conspiracy theories, this may sound like whataboutery.
Kagro in the Morning podcast (AUDIO): Friday, April 22, 2022
       
McCarthy said Trump was “feckless, spineless” and a “liar” … and yet, Kevin is all three of those! Everybody also knew what McCarthy thought of Trump long ago, from a previous time he was caught on tape. Liz Cheney doesn’t know where you got those tapes, but in case you’re interested she has many, many more. The playbook says, “They will say you’re a hypocrite. This wastes their time and when you win, you will be right and what they say won’t matter.”
Joe Scarborough: ‘I was proven wrong!’ Liberals were right about his former Republican Party.
       
In a lengthy, heartfelt statement, Joe Scarborough says he was wrong, and Liberals were right about the Republican Party. Joe Scarborough exposes the Republican PartyWatch Politics Done Right T.V. Scarborough first described his staunch defense of conservatism and the Republican Party. Donald Trump in the Muslim registry, Donald Trump saying Hispanics are breeders. That was a tacit confession that Donald Trump did not make the party what it had become.
What is Between Your…?
       
Generally, the calls by conservatives to shut down Twitter or Facebook are a misunderstanding of the First Amendment. Should Ron DeSantis prevail, explaining the increased tax hit to his constituents may be his chickens coming home to roost. The party that once preached personal responsibility and staying out of our lives is now banning books, banning abortions, and banning history. Calling scholars who write about the truth of history [liars] who want to “guilt” white children makes hate a reasoned response. All these ideas are rooted in dehumanization; love it or hate it, I prefer thinking with the organ between my ears.
FOX News Totally Ignores Recordings of McCarthy Urging Trump to Resign
       
Click here to Tweet this articleHowever, what Fox declines to report is just as revealing as their outright lies. It also shows that McCarthy was willing to abandon his "principles" and subjugate himself to Dear Leader Trump. The McCarthy tapes were covered by most of the media in a manner befitting the explosive nature of their content. Throughout the morning on Friday, Fox News did not mention the McCarthy mess a single time on the air. And it also why Biden said correctly that "Fox News is one of the most destructive forces in the United States."
Late Breaking News! Trump Didn't Do It!
       
To see what Trump didn’t do, see the last paragraph of this article. While prosecuting a former president might create a problematic historical precedent, not prosecuting a lawless and criminal president like Donald Trump surely creates a more dangerous and terrible precedent. Only bad things were going to result when Trump was nominated to be the Republican candidate for President. Trump will never take responsibility for any of his actions or words, much less January 6. Not the “responsibility.”As long as Trump plots and conspires to seize power, the American dream is under threat.
After two attempts, team Trump fails to organize a rally in Alabama.
       
The Alabama Senate race is both a foregone conclusion - and a complete mystery. To that end, Trump’s rally organizer, the American Freedom Tour, scheduled a rally in Birmingham for June 18th. What is even stranger is that Mississippi has no Senate race in 2022. Team Trump reassured the base that Trump would be back with a newly rescheduled rally on July 9th in Mobile. He surprised many by endorsing the previously vocal anti-Trumper JD Vance in the Ohio Republican Senate primary.
YIKES! Trump Admits His Dreams of Dictatorship, While Bragging About 'Acing' a Dementia Test
       
But during a speech before the ultra-rightist Heritage Foundation this week, Trump explicitly articulated his desire to be a dictator. Which would you rather be, a dumb person or a dictator? pic.twitter.com/qWstmJkVAj — Acyn (@Acyn) April 21, 2022So Trump would rather be a dictator than a dumb person? He couldn't even think of five words that weren't immediately around him at the time (person, woman, man, camera, tv). x How to person woman man camera tv pic.twitter.com/rcQC4sxmLX — Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) July 24, 2020Of course, the test wasn't tough at all.
Tucker Carlson: New-Age Testicle Guru, and, Amazingly, Other Equally Stupid Sh*t
       
Incidentally, calling your big, bad ICBM “Satan II” is the act of high school freshman desperate for puberty to hit. (Personally, I’m looking forward to Satan III: Satan Goes to The Hague.) But that’s what Republican politics IS now: morons gyrating depravedly, desperate to gain one racist game show host’s approval. Mitch, Kev, speaking on behalf of every patriotic American, I’m real damn tired of paying for your cowardice. Ok, folks, I cannot stomach one more second of this shit; I now require several beers, and I shall have them.
Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Leftover Peeps FRIDAY!
       
Obviously if InfoWars went away, Alex Jones and his fans would have a hard time without their supplements. Back Tuesday morning as a floating apparition in the lotus position spouting trite zen sayings that will drive you mad. The French, being infinitely smarter than we are about elections, will be voting on a weekend for their president. And after that you're on your own because even John Oliver is taking the weekend off. 32 years ago Sunday, the Hubble space telescope was placed into orbit by the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery.
Audio confirms Republican House leader McCarthy discussed Trump’s role in failed coup with lawmakers following attack
       
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, March 18, 2022. In a January 10, 2021 House Republican leadership call, McCarthy, speaking to the third highest ranking Republican in the House at the time, Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney, discussed the possibility of the 25th Amendment being invoked against Trump. In the call, McCarthy insinuated that such a move might not be necessary because Trump might resign before then. In the more than 15 months following the attack, Trump has never publicly acknowledged his role in the assault on Congress. Biden, through Coons, urged the Democratic House impeachment managers to forgo calling witnesses.
US Supreme Court upholds exclusion of Puerto Rico residents from supplemental income benefit
       
Its Justice Department joined the appeal originally lodged by the Trump administration of lower court rulings overturning the exclusion of SSI benefits for residents of the island. The case, United States v. Vaello Madero, was brought by Jose Luis Vaello-Madero, who was born in Puerto Rico but lived in New York from 1985 to 2013. In 2013 he moved back to Puerto Rico and continued to receive the monthly payments. He implied that denying SSI benefits to indigent, blind or disabled seniors on the island was a “fair” tradeoff for not paying income taxes. In September of 2017, Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, which destroyed its already crumbling social infrastructure, including the electrical grid.
Meadows was warned of violence ahead of Jan. 6, new court filings show
       
Placeholder while article actions loadIn advance of Jan. 6, 2021, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows was warned about the threat of violence that day as supporters of President Donald Trump planned to mass on the Capitol, according to new testimony released late on Friday by the House committee investigating the insurrection. And Mr. Meadows said: All right. AdvertisementIn the motion, the committee outlines seven “discrete categories of information” it seeks to question Meadows about and argued that his claims of executive privilege should not preclude him from testifying about these categories. Hutchinson told investigators: “I know that there were concerns brought forward to Mr. Meadows. Other GOP members dialed into the meeting, according to Hutchinson’s testimony.
GOP lawmakers were deeply involved in Trump plans to overturn election, new evidence suggests
       
The new evidence underscores the expansive cast of elected Republicans who had ultimately enlisted themselves in Trump’s last-ditch effort to cling to power. “[H]e was not acting as anything like a typical White House Chief of Staff advising the President on official matters of government policy,” House General Counsel Doug Letter wrote. The panel also revealed that it interviewed Steven Engel, the former head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. The — you know, the Vice President is acting as the President of the Senate. Hundreds of documents Meadows claimed were privileged included contacts he had with Trump campaign lawyers, the committee said, citing a privilege log from Meadows himself.
Marjorie Taylor Greene Wields 'I Don't Remember' Defense In Case Over Reelection Bid
       
She called on Americans to converge on the Capitol that day for “our 1776 moment,” referring to the year when America declared independence from Britain. Yet Greene couldn’t seem to remember any of it. (Her attorney objected to the question because of “executive privilege,” which the judge shot down.) She couldn’t remember if she called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) a traitor (she did). Wait ... ” — as Andrew Celli, attorney for the voters, was about to play a video of it.
Official: Meadows had been warned of possible 1/6 violence
       
FILE - White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters at the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)FILE - White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters at the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Washington. Cassidy Hutchinson, who served as a special assistant in the Trump White House, told the committee “there were concerns brought forward” to Meadows ahead of the riot but it was unclear what Meadows did with that information. The committee released as exhibits to the complaint excerpts of testimony from multiple witnesses it has interviewed, including Hutchinson. Besides describing warnings of potential violence provided to Meadows, she also revealed how the White House counsel’s office cautioned against plans to enlist fake electors in states, including in meetings involving Meadows and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Trump’s Oz, Vance endorsements bring cash windfall, backlash
       
In Ohio, Trump’s endorsement has been a major boon to Vance, who had been trailing in the polls before Trump’s intervention. Protect Ohio Values, the super PAC supporting Vance, says it has brought in $5 million since Trump’s endorsement. Both groups are using that money to air new ads trumpeting Trump’s endorsement that they expect to run exclusively through the rest of the campaign. Linda Davidson, a retired financial consultant from Kirtland, said Trump’s endorsement “very much” crystallized her vote for Vance. “Trump’s endorsement has given people a chance to stop and think and go, ‘Wait a minute.
LETTER: A picture says a thousand words
       
President Joe Biden. Of course Donald Trump was not correct about everything regarding the 2020 election and earlier. But he was right about a number of things, as the Durham report confirms. Also, it appears that Mr. Trump was right about the Hunter Biden laptop scandal that the media are finally reporting. The fact that President Joe Biden refuses to even talk about these explosive allegations shows me that he has truly gone down the rabbit hole.
Praying football coach asking Supreme Court for his job back
       
Lawyers for the school district say officials had no problem letting Kennedy pray separately from students or letting him return to the field to pray after the students left. “If the court rules the wrong way, teachers and coaches could pressure students to pray in every public school classroom across the country.”For Kennedy’s supporters, the 9th U.S. Kennedy, a former Marine whose day job was at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, began coaching football at Bremerton High in 2008. The school district said it did not learn Kennedy was leading players in prayer until it heard it from another team’s coach in September 2015. What he was actually suspended for was not delivering prayers to students, but kneeling and praying quickly by himself, they argue.
King: The threat of nuclear war gives Putin license to kill
       
You could, perhaps, blame NATO itself, for expanding its reach to the former Soviet republics of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. The beast in the room, the feared monster, the threat that hangs over the whole world is nuclear war. Nuclear war avoidance is again dominating the world in ways we had nearly forgotten. Will Russia — a caged, fierce bear — resort to nuclear, and how much nuclear to what effect against which targets? If you favor limited nuclear war, just look to the effects of a nuclear disaster, Chernobyl, and start multiplying.
Official: Meadows had been warned of possible 1/6 violence
       
Cassidy Hutchinson, who served as a special assistant in the Trump White House, told the committee “there were concerns brought forward” to Meadows ahead of the riot but it was unclear what Meadows did with that information. Let’s talk about it.’”The filing Friday also reinforced how certain Republican members of Congress were deeply involved in White House discussions about overturning the election in the months leading to the deadly insurrection. The filing from the committee is in response to a lawsuit Meadows brought in December in Washington's federal court against the committee and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Shortly after the complaint was filed, the select committee sent a contempt of Congress charge against Meadows to the House floor, where it passed on a near-party-line vote. Meadows' attorney, George Terwilliger, has previously defended his client by noting that due to Meadows' willingness to turn over records, he should not be compelled to appear for an interview.
Michigan GOP to pick candidates with Trump clout on the line
       
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans are meeting Saturday to pick candidates for statewide races that former President Donald Trump has sought to sway while flirting with another run for the White House. Trump is backing his allies Matthew DePerno for attorney general and Kristina Karamo for secretary of state, even holding a rally for them weeks ago. Trump has said his preferred candidates would not let Michigan be “stolen” in the next presidential election. Nominees for Michigan's statewide races are chosen at party conventions except in gubernatorial and U.S. Senate primaries. DePerno unsuccessfully sued after human error led rural Antrim County to erroneously show a local victory for Biden over Trump.
AP News Summary at 12:08 a.m. EDT
       
Russia shifts forces for battle over Ukrainian heartlandKYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia and Ukraine are hurtling toward what could be an epic battle for control of the country’s industrial heartland. Disney government dissolution bill signed by DeSantisTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Sharpton demands name of officer who killed Patrick LyoyaGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Rev. Voting groups sue over Florida congressional mapTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Voting rights groups have sued Florida over a congressional map drawn by Gov. New addition to business failuresNEW YORK (AP) — Epic business failures — the Edsel, Quibi, New Coke — have some new company.
AP News in Brief at 12:04 a.m. EDT
       
The loss of the guided missile cruiser — the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet — was a humiliating setback for Moscow. “Get some of these bills to my desk.”Disney government dissolution bill signed by DeSantisTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Sharpton demands name of officer who killed Patrick LyoyaGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Rev. Voting groups sue over Florida congressional mapTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Voting rights groups sued Florida on Friday over a congressional map drawn by Gov. “The contents of the package were found not to be explosive, and the package was removed safely by the Atlanta Bomb Squad.”
White, wealthy and wasteful: does golf have a future?
       
In a way, Menai-Davis is right: you never read positive news about golf. However, the average age of the members at some of these old-fashioned golf courses is so old, they’ll need to regenerate to get a new crop,’ Menai-Davis says. Some places just won’t move with the times.’Whether it intends to or not, golf has a diversity issue, as well. Both Sam and Cos are Greek Cypriot, and – not being white British – used to be in a minority at other clubs. ‘In 20 years or so, I think we’ll see fewer golf courses, but better golf courses,’ he says.
DeSantis will LOSE if Disney sues over new law, former Trump attorney says
       
'I've openly disagreed with Disney's corporate statements and openly lauded Florida Republicans for their Parental Rights In Education bill,' Ellis told talk radio host Dan Caplis on Friday. 'But where they crossed the line constitutionally... is that Ron DeSantis and Florida's Republicans are now retaliating against Disney for exercising their constitutionally protected rights to freedom of speech,' argued Ellis. Former Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis said she believes Disney could succeed in a lawsuit against Florida to block a new law stripping the company's special tax and zoning privilegesFlorida Gov. Ellis argued that DeSantis and Republicans in Florida's legislature had 'openly admitted and in fact bragged about retaliation being their motive'. DeSantis and his fellow Republicans have defended the law as reasonable, saying that parents, not teachers, should be discussing such topics with children.
What Kevin McCarthy said, and didn’t say, about Trump and the Capitol assault
       
Reporting on the Jan. 6 Capitol breach has given House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy a tough couple of days. In the second, McCarthy said that Trump told him that Trump had some responsibility for the Jan. 6 Capitol breach. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., then the third ranking House Republican, asked McCarthy about Trump resigning. What McCarthy said publicly: In the weeks after the attack, McCarthy said Trump bore some responsibility. Asked July 29 if he still thought Trump had some responsibility for the Jan. 6 events, McCarthy didn’t answer directly.
Jan. 6 committee asks court to compel Meadows’s cooperation
       
But the latest filing outlines seven areas of inquiry where the committee argues Meadows could provide information despite his claims of executive privilege. The court filing portrays Meadows as a key figure in former President Trump’s efforts to remain in power after losing the 2020 election. “In addition, Mr. Meadows communicated repeatedly by text with Congressman Scott Perry regarding a plan to replace Department of Justice leadership in the days before Jan. 6,” it adds. The committee also says testimony with numerous White House staff indicates Meadows continued with efforts to keep Trump in power despite indications from White House counsel that such plans were illegal. The filing likewise seeks to confront Meadow’s effort to block Verizon from complying with a separate committee subpoena for remaining phone records.
Kellyanne Conway blasts President Biden for ignoring the concerns of Americans
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